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Annabel Again

Annabel Again

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by Janice Dockendorff Boland, Megan Halsey (Photographer)

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
In this classic theme, Annabel leaves home in search of "someplace new to live, someplace different, someplace exciting." She tries bunking with a bird in a nest. She shares a lily pad with a frog. She cavorts with a cat in an old barn, but ultimately seeks the comfort and security of her own mud puddle. Here, she concludes to her mom "is the best place to be." "Of course it is," says Mother Pig. "It's home." Though the story line is predictable, the winsome illustrations give it a life of its own. Annabel, the personable porker, is portrayed with delight and charm and through it all is as happy as, well, a pig in a poke.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1Charming pig Annabel, feeling the wanderlust of spring, wants to leave the mud puddle she calls home to find an exciting new place to live. So off she trots, with her mother's blessings, of course. A bird's nest in the plum tree is unreachable; a frog's lilly pad sinks beneath her. While cat's barn is exciting, it's also scary, so Annabel races back to Mama and the mud puddle, just as her mother knew she would. Appealing double-page illustrations in pen and ink, watercolors, and other mediums present the smiling pink pigs and rolling green hills of storybooks, rather than reality. Even the mud looks clean. The tree laden with ripe plums and the mature cattails around the lily pond are out of season, but not to worry. As Annabel snuggles into her mud puddle, she realizes that, in spite of the willingness of others to share their abodes, her own home is the best place to be. A comfortable and comforting story.Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Leone McDermott
It's spring, and Annabel the little pig is restless. So she leaves her mud puddle in search of a new and exciting place to live. First she tries a bird's nest, but the tree bends under her weight. Next she tries a lily pad, but it dumps her into the pond. Finally she finds an old, forgotten barn, but it's filled with cobwebs, bats, and owls. So Annabel ends up back in the mud puddle where she started, happy in the knowledge that home is best. This version of a familiar theme lends itself well to reading aloud, and the simple, amiable pictures have a springlike freshness. It's Annabel's sense of adventure that makes her an appealing protagonist, and fans will enjoy the porcine heroine's second outing.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.77(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Annabel Again 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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¿I don¿t want to stay here anymore, Mama,¿ Annabel said. ¿I want to find someplace new to live. I want to find someplace different. I want to find someplace exciting!¿ Annabel Again, a book by Janice Boland takes Annabel, an adventurous pig, on a journey to try and find a more exciting place to live than a farm. With all the children¿s books that have similar content, Annabel Again is a book all of its own. Annabel Again is a great book to read with infants and toddlers. While Annabel is on an adventure to find her new home she crosses paths with new characters like a bird, a frog, and a cat. With her new friends come new settings like a plum tree, a pond, and a barn. The bright illustrations of these settings and characters attract the young reader¿s attention. The young readers will have fun while they learn about an important moral in life. The moral this book teaches us is that the best place to be is home. Since the words are big and the text is easy to read it is an adequate way to teach children how to read. In Annabel Again, Annabel asks each of the animals why their homes are different and she doesn¿t realize that her home is also exciting like theirs because everybody¿s home is different to everyone else. Although Annabel thinks her home is characterless at first, she learns that her home is one-of-kind. In the book Annabel teaches children to be thankful for their homes and what they have. This is why Annabel Again is a very individual book that teaches children one of the most important lessons of all.