Becky the Borrower

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Like kindergartners the world around, Becky loves to borrow. Now her room is so filled with other childrens things that she cant remember what belongs to whom. This independent kindergartner comes up with the perfect solution in this brightly illustrated, friendly, read aloud picture book.

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Overview

Like kindergartners the world around, Becky loves to borrow. Now her room is so filled with other childrens things that she cant remember what belongs to whom. This independent kindergartner comes up with the perfect solution in this brightly illustrated, friendly, read aloud picture book.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Becky borrows with abandon from her kindergarten classmates and not only forgets to return the items, but also forgets to whom they belong. After a bad dream in which her friends come to collect their things en masse, the child sets up a redistribution center and all ends well. This story conveys a typical childhood dilemma in simple prose accompanied by charming illustrations done in bright pastel watercolors and pencil. They share the off-perspective of a child's drawing and are scattered with homey clutter and recognizable toys. A few pages have awkward text placement and, in a couple of instances, the rhythm and repetition of language falter. While some friends have names that are alliterative with their borrowed item-a tiger from Timmy, a clown from Claudia-others do not. Ethan lends a pair of skates, for example, and Barbara shares a "construction kit" that looks like a box of blocks. Readers can overlook these weaknesses though. Just the right length for storytime sharing, Becky has enough sweet appeal for self-selected reading, too.-Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC

Kirkus Reviews
Who doesn't like toys? Becky really likes them-not only her own, but those of all her kindergarten classmates too. Eventually she realizes that, despite her best intentions of returning everything, she's forgotten who lent what. This sparks both an uncomfortable dream about finding everyone at her doorstep with hands out and an inventive way of reuniting the toys with their original owners. Becky's total lack of possessiveness gives the episode an air of unreality but also makes for a nonconfrontational way of bringing up the subject with children who might be hazy on the difference between "yours" and "mine." Henn reflects this relaxed approach with pleasant scenes of a smiling Becky surrounded by also-smiling stuffed animals and other goods-plus other children who, even in the dream, look more puzzled than angry. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735822054
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

UDO WEIGELT has been writing for children since 1989. He has published many books with North-South.
NINA SPRANGER has been illustrating books since 1999. Her first U.S. book was published by North-South.

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