Can I Bring Woolly to the Library, Ms. Reeder?

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A woolly mammoth at the library?! A young boy asks his librarian if he can bring his friend Woolly, a mammoth, to the library. His humorous and often convincing pleas are a fun way to show first-time patrons how to acquire a library card, follow library rules, and reap all the benefits that a library provides to its community.

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Overview

A woolly mammoth at the library?! A young boy asks his librarian if he can bring his friend Woolly, a mammoth, to the library. His humorous and often convincing pleas are a fun way to show first-time patrons how to acquire a library card, follow library rules, and reap all the benefits that a library provides to its community.

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
As an introduction to the library, the book's plot runs long and sometimes misses the intended audience. In this loose companion to Can I Bring My Pterodactyl to School, Ms. Johnson? (2006), a child begs to bring his friend Woolly (mammoth) into the library. His refrain: "Can I bring Woolly to the library, Ms. Reeder? Can I? PLEASE?!" Unfortunately, Ms. Reeder never has an opportunity to respond or encourage the child to use the word "may." Instead, the boy lists the things Woolly might do in the library, from practicing his letters to getting a library card and participating in Story Hour. Imaginative scenarios depicting Woolly learning that he may not bellow in the library or thump around do not mask the didactic text. At least one comment--"being read to will help Woolly with his reading, too"--is clearly aimed at adults. Animated spreads illustrating Woolly tackling library tasks will tickle youngsters, but, in a questionable scene they will not understand, Woolly shakes down a patron for fines. Readers will sigh with relief when the boy announces that Woolly will not be visiting the library after all, only to turn the page to hear the child ask, "Can I bring Saber to the library, Ms. Reeder? Can I? PLEASE?!" For a more child-friendly romp through the library, try No T. Rex in the Library by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa (2010). (Picture book. 5-8)
Children's Literature - Sally S. Hoffman
An enthusiastic young boy begs Ms. Reeder, the librarian, to let him bring a mammoth to the library. He eagerly explains how much Woolly, the mammoth, already knows about the library from getting a library card, keeping his voice down, and listening during story time. Nonetheless, he does know that there are a few things that Woolly may not be able to do such as fit between the aisles or keep his "bellows" down when a book is really funny. There are a few bumps for Woolly; however through the animated eyes of a child, it does seem amusing to bring a mammoth to the library. The illustrations throughout the book are amazing and add to the plot. They are detailed, engaging, and appropriate for the dialogue on each page. Parents or teachers should encourage young readers to describe what they see in each picture, because there is a lot going on. This book would be a great learning tool before a child's first library visit. Reviewer: Sally S. Hoffman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580892810
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

LOIS G. GRAMBLING is the author of more than twenty children's books, including Can I Bring My Pterodactyl to School, Ms. Johnson? and Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom? Can I? Please? She lives in Binghamton, New York. JUDY LOVE has illustrated many books for children, including First Day Jitters, Can I Bring My Pterodactyl to School, Ms. Johnson? and The Baby Shower. She lives near Charlotte, North Carolina.

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