ABC Reach for the Stars! (Arthur Adventures Series: Arthur's Really Helpful Workbooks)

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Arthur's Really Helpful Workbooks are packed with learning, play, and stickers galore. Arthur sets out to teach his little sister D.W. all the things she wants to know. But it's got to be on D.W.'s terms—not the same old workbook setup. Arthur creates a classroom of imagination. The upper half of each page consists of simple crayon exercises, with lines to practice letters and numbers and other simple activities. The lower half is a full-color "sticker screen" where young children can stick sturdy stickers to ...
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Overview

Arthur's Really Helpful Workbooks are packed with learning, play, and stickers galore. Arthur sets out to teach his little sister D.W. all the things she wants to know. But it's got to be on D.W.'s terms—not the same old workbook setup. Arthur creates a classroom of imagination. The upper half of each page consists of simple crayon exercises, with lines to practice letters and numbers and other simple activities. The lower half is a full-color "sticker screen" where young children can stick sturdy stickers to complete the picture. Arthur's Really Helpful Workbooks are really helpful, teaching preschool kids all the skills they'll need to start school.

Arthur takes D.W. on a journey of the imagination into outer space! As pint-sized astronauts, they visit the Dog Star, the Egg Planet, the Planet of Huge Hairy Hamsters, and even a Martian mall. There's never a dull moment in this out-of-this-world workbook, which shows kids a fun new way to print letters!
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679892847
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/27/1998
  • Series: Arthur Adventures Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 10.93 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Brown is best known as the author and illustrator who created the beloved aardvark Arthur.  This popular character was born one night over twenty years ago, when Brown was telling his oldest son, Tolon, a bedtime story.  Most of the stories he told were about animals, but that night the story just happened to be about an aardvark.  Brown has written and illustrated more than fifty Arthur and D.W. (Arthur's little sister) books since then.  He has also illustrated twelve other books with his wife--author, illustrator, and psychologist Laurie Krasny Brown.

As a child, Marc Brown's passion for drawing was encouraged by his grandmother Thora, who saved his artwork in the bottom drawer of her bureau.  "I knew it must be special," recalls Brown, "because she didn't save many things."  His grandmother later provided an education fund that helped Brown pay for art school.  He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1964 to 1969.

Grandma Thora is just one person in Marc Brown's life who has afforded the inspiration for one of his characters.  Many other characters are based on children he knew while he was growing up and going to school in Mill Creek, Pennsylvania.  His sisters--Bonnie, Colleen, and Kimberly--have all served as models for his characters D.W. and Francine.  Brown patterned Buster after Terry Johnson, his best friend in elementary school, while Mr. Ratburn is based on "the meanest algebra teacher ever."

Brown was born in 1946 in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Before he created the Arthur series, he worked at a variety of jobs, includingstints as a truck driver, short-order cook, college professor, soda jerk, actor, chicken farmer, and television art director.  Now, in addition to developing the Arthur television series on PBS, Brown continues to create new books both for Random House Children's Publishing and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Marc Brown lives in Hingham, Massachusetts, and Martha's Vineyard with Laurie and their young daughter, Eliza.  He also has two grown sons, Tolon and Tucker.  Brown looks to his three children for inspiration and story ideas.  He also gets many suggestions from children he meets in schools, libraries, and bookstores around the country.  "The most interesting--and the funniest--things," Brown says, "happen in real life."

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    Posted September 27, 2002

    the Arthur book from heaven

    I like the book very much I cant stop reading it

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