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Posted June 10, 2009
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Ruben Plotnick Will Dance Into Your Heart
Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick, by Roz Rosenbluth, waltzed into my heart and touched it in a way that no other illustrated picture book has. Its main character, David, has two people in his life whom he adores. One is the zany Ruben Plotnick, also known as the coolest kid in his class. The other is his dear Grandma Rosie, whose aging has her occasionally behave in unexpected, sometimes weird ways. Even though (or maybe because) he loves them both, David would rather that they not meet. But meet they do, and wait until you see what happens when the paths of silly and senility cross. Realistically illustrated by Maurie J. Manning, the dancing scene in particular jumps off the page, transforming living rooms, classrooms, and bedrooms alike into ballrooms. I think you'll agree that Ruben Plotnick is a cool character kid that you'll love getting to know!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 16, 2005
From An Elementary School Teacher's Point of View
I have taught Elementary School children for many years, and have rarely come across a book as enticing and loving as 'Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick'. I am so glad to have discovered it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 14, 2005
A wonderful lesson
I read 'Getting to Know Ruben Plotnick' to my three grandchildren with the eye of a retired elementary school teacher and the son-in-law of their 97 year old grandmother. I found the book well written, worthwhile and a wonderful lesson for the children. They also enjoyed the book. They know that grandmas are sometimes strange but always lovable as is beautifully written and illustrated in this book. I certainly recommend this children's book to all youngsters to read themselves or to be read to.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.