Having your tonsils out isn't so bad if you bring a stuffed animal with you. The hard part is deciding whether to take a soft and fluffy animal, or Barney, who has to wear a bandage to keep his stuffing in and smells like a worn-out shoe. A young boy's family soon learns why we sometimes treasure most the things that are worn at the seams. Full color.
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Ages 3-6. A trip to the hospital for a tonsillectomy seems particularly daunting for a young boy faced with choosing just the right stuffed toy to accompany him. Papa suggests Benito, a soft white bunny; older brother, Daniel, recommends Coco, a brand-new teddy bear; but the boy wants to take an old blue elephant named Barney. Although his insides are kept intact with a Band-Aid, one eye has been replaced, and he smells like an old shoe, Barney has given comfort on many prior occasions, and, finally, everyone agrees that indeed Barney is best. Hale's brightly colored illustrations convey the close bonds that unite these urban apartment dwellers. Whether the boy is helping Mama at the Laundromat, camping out with Daniel, or being hugged by Papa, here is a child who is loved and respected by those around him. In addition to bibliotherapeutic uses, this will be appreciated by young listeners who have their own favorite well-worn toys. Kay WeismanFrom School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1-Carlstrom offers gentle reassurance to any child facing a hospital stay. Needing a tonsillectomy, a young boy decides that rather than take a new toy, dilapidated, bandaged Barney is best since he has been a comfort in many other lesser crises. Hale's full-color cartoons depict a warm, supportive family. The urban apartment setting is given warmth by the crayoned pictures taped to kitchen cabinets, the cat curling around chair legs, but most of all, each family member's concern. Simple text with large illustrations allow for group as well as lap reading.
Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
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Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX006022875X
Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. James Graham Hale (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # 006022875X