Brownie & Pearl See the Sights


Brownie & Pearl know just how to enjoy a day downtown in this charming Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read story.

It’s a snowy day, and Brownie and her cat Pearl are off to see the sights in town. They stop by the shoe store and try on hats at the hat store before discovering the sweetest spot around: the cupcake shop! But the best part of a day on the town might just be heading back to a warm, cozy home.

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Brownie & Pearl know just how to enjoy a day downtown in this charming Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read story.

It’s a snowy day, and Brownie and her cat Pearl are off to see the sights in town. They stop by the shoe store and try on hats at the hat store before discovering the sweetest spot around: the cupcake shop! But the best part of a day on the town might just be heading back to a warm, cozy home.

This adorable out-and-about story, originally published as a picture book, is now a Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read that’s perfect for beginning readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Brownie, a little girl, and Pearl, her cat, are off to see the sights of the city. First they visit a hat shop, where they try on hats; next they go to the shoe shop, where they find lots of high heels and boots. They eat some yummy cupcakes at the bakeshop, which makes them sleepy. They head for home. Before settling down for a nap, they agree that while visiting the city is nice, cuddling up warm and safe at home is just as nice. This picture book appears to be designed for very young children who are not yet able to understand stories, or for those who are just beginning to recognize words. The text is extremely sparse and consists more of short phrases rather than sentences (for example, the text on one page is, "The cupcake shop"). The illustrations, which, in general, cover the entire page, rely heavily on variations of pink and yellow. The name of the little girl—Brownie—may strike some readers as a little unusual, and there is no explanation for the name in the story. With its emphasis on hats, shoes, food, and naps, this book appears to be stuck in the "little girl" stereotype. Reviewer: Leona Illig
Children's Literature - Brandon West
Follow Brownie and Pearl as they take the town by storm in Brownie and Pearl See the Sights. This adorable girl and cat duo venture to town during a blustery winter day and explore a series of various locales, including hat, shoe, and cupcake shops. Each shop visit is complemented by fun hijinks, which include posing in fashionable hats, trying on stilettos, and devouring cupcakes. By the end of this 24-page adventure, Brownie and Pearl find themselves utterly exhausted and head home for a well-deserved nap. This book is an adaption from the original 2010 title, and is a part of the "Ready-to-Read" series. As a Pre-Level One title, this book features simple sentences and vocabulary that is appropriate for children who are just learning to read. The colorful illustrations provide excellent visual cues that will aid young readers as they decode the text. This title will delight young readers, regardless of their familiarity with the series and will make a great addition to for your library. Reviewer: Brandon West
School Library Journal
PreS-K—The third entry in the series finds the little girl and her cat in the big city during a snowfall right before Christmas. The holiday is never mentioned by name, but the city is decked out for the season with Santa's face on an ad atop a taxi cab and wreaths hanging in many doorways. The two go to a hat shop and a shoe shop, where they both try on the merchandise. This is the slightly amusing part of the story, as everything is oversized for the little shoppers. While Brownie tests some high heels, the cat tries on some cowboy boots. Then it's off to the cupcake shop. After a treat there, Brownie and Pearl decide they're sleepy and head for home. Both girl and cat curl up in a chair for a winter's nap. The characters are simply drawn and outlined in black; the city scenes in the background are slightly muted. But not much happens here, and the adventure is small.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Great friends Brownie the girl and Pearl the cat set out one snowy winter day to see the sights. "Brownie has her handbag. Pearl has her mouse. They look very smart." In turn, they visit the hat shop, the shoe shop and the cupcake shop, trying on the oversized wares in the first two and enjoying treats in the last, down to the last crumb, before going home to nap. "Sights are good... / but home is better." As always, Rylant provides just enough text to develop her characters and her plot, making this a satisfying read-aloud for toddlers and read-alone for beginning readers. Biggs's thick-lined, digital cartoons assume a pleasing muted tone for the outside, snowy scenes while allowing his protagonists to pop. Like Brownie and Pearl, this book and its collaborators are "very smart." (Picture book/early reader. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442487437
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Series: Brownie & Pearl Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 686,189
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at

Brian Biggs is the illustrator of the popular Everything Goes, Roscoe Riley, Shredderman, and Brownie & Pearl series along with several other children’s books. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit him at

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