Part of the "Share-A-Story" series designed to be read by an adult and child together, this book tells the story of an amazing catalogue in which you can find a new trunk for an elephant, a duster for a parrot and lots of other funny muddles.
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Grade 1-2 Two books with a mixture of virtues and flaws. Each has a plot device with automatic child appeal: the adult is ridiculously silly and has to be corrected by a child. My Friend Mr. Morris is a character who, like Peggy Parish's "Amelia Bedelia," provides amusement by taking things literally. Kitamura's illustrations are interesting and distinctive, with an abstract, stylized look. Unfortunately, the colors are somber to the point of looking dull, and the cartoon-like expressions on the characters' faces lack variety. In Thank You for the Tadpole a child wants to find a perfect birthday present for an upcoming party. Rayner's full-color illustrations, in watercolor and ink, are attractive, but her animals are much more lively than her human characters, and the whole effect is markedly inferior to her "Mr. and Mrs. Pig" books (Atheneum). Both books are written in dialogue so that the adult and the child each read alternate pages, with the child reading the simpler right-hand pages. There are many ways to do the same type of back-and-forth sharing and helping that adults with common sense and a bit of interest are able to figure out, so the format alone is not reason enough to buy these books. Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, Ill.
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Book Description Penguin UK, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140388877
Book Description Puffin, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140388877