A Letter for Maria

A Letter for Maria

by Elizabeth Lindsay, Alex DeWolf

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bear writes his friend Maria a picture letter, then journeys to the hospital to deliver it, finds her and gets a hug. The plot is cute but not logical; Bear cannot write, but he can make a treacherous walk to the hospital alone (getting drenched on the way) and find the room (#120) alone. Rhetorical questions (``What is the number on the door? Bear looks carefully. This is it.'') create a condescending tone. The pictures are warm, if bland, and the simplicity may appeal. While the underlying emotionsmissing a friend, joy in finding himare certainly on target for the young child, the story disappoints. Ages 2-6. (September)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-K This brief story follows Bear as he delivers his ``picture-letter'' to his missing friend Maria. Readers don't know where Maria is, and therefore where Bear is going. However, the choppy, uninspired prose kills any spark of curiosity. At the high point of the book, Bear is splashed by a car. ``Watch out, Bear! Oh, no! Splash! Bear is now very wet.'' This plodding pace continues as Bear dries off and walks on, eventually finding Maria in the hospital. There the story ends, mission accomplished. With its large type and wide margins, this appears almost like an easy reader, but de Wolf's charming watercolors are obviously intended for a younger crowd. Bear is a cute little guy, and the sketchy, airy pastels of the watercolors lend a charm to the tale that the text lacks. Wait for a better picture-letter to land in your mailbox. Joanna G. Jones, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, N.J.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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1st American ed
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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