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Cinnamon's Day Out: A Gerbil Adventure

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From the author-artist of My Love for You comes a delightful new book illustrated in her trademark bright collages and starring one of the most popular pets for children today. When a busy gerbil called Cinnamon chews its way up to the sky one morning, it begins an exciting adventure in the great world outside its cage. Setting off to explore, Cinnamon descends a mountain.finds a city.meets a fierce wolf. even takes a ride on a train! In colorful mixed-media collages, award-winning artist Susan L. Roth has ...
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Overview

From the author-artist of My Love for You comes a delightful new book illustrated in her trademark bright collages and starring one of the most popular pets for children today. When a busy gerbil called Cinnamon chews its way up to the sky one morning, it begins an exciting adventure in the great world outside its cage. Setting off to explore, Cinnamon descends a mountain.finds a city.meets a fierce wolf. even takes a ride on a train! In colorful mixed-media collages, award-winning artist Susan L. Roth has captured a gerbil's-eye view of its owner's household, where a rug becomes a meadow and a cat is a hungry tiger. Young children will delight in correctly identifying the scenes that make up Cinnamon's giant-sized adventure-and they're sure to agree that at day's end, there's no place like home.

A gerbil escapes from his cage and enjoys a day on his own before being happily returned.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For Cinnamon the gerbil, an expedition outside the terrarium proves as thrilling as a safari. This adventure commences with the breathless reunion of Cinnamon and a companion, Snowball, who embrace in front of an exercise wheel. "I've been OUT!" Cinnamon gasps. The relieved rodent explains how, that morning, the "sky" (the screen ceiling of the cage) fell, revealing a "mountain" (of books). Cinnamon recalls a close call with a "wolf," a ride on a (toy) train and a drink from a "pond" that is in fact a dog dish. Roth (My Love for You) shows how the furry fugitive finds a sheltering "barn"--the pantry--and is rescued by "the giant," represented by a pair of hands. In the whimsical multimedia collages, Cinnamon appears almost life-size. Handmade brown paper with fuzzy filaments serves as the gerbil's coat, corrugated cardboard takes the shape of a cat, patterned wallpapers provide appropriate home-decor backdrops, and a real screen and wood shavings recreate the gerbil's own home. With a gentle sense of humor, Roth convincingly narrates from Cinnamon's point of view, inviting readers to identify with the small creature even as they reappraise the wide world around them. A just-right blend of excitement and stability. Ages 4-7. (June)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Cinnamon is a gerbil with a personality. He tells his friend Snowball about his big adventure outside their cage. He climbed a mountain (a stack of books), spied a wolf (a dog), found a pond (cat's water dish), and escaped from a tiger (housecat). The adventure is related visually from Cinnamon's perspective and Roth's cut paper collages and mixed media scenes are wonderful. The center spread with the big cat created out of corrugated paper is just wonderful. Little Cinnamon looks so real, you want to stroke his furry body. Young children will share in this daring outing by the brave little gerbil and will want it read to them more than once.
School Library Journal
PreS--Curious Cinnamon shares a tale of escape and capture with cagemate Snowball. After nibbling its way out of the cage and into the big world, Cinnamon successfully negotiates a "mountain," a "wolf," a "meadow," etc. Finally, the runaway is captured in the cupboard by a "giant." Borne aloft by a huge hand, Cinnamon "flies" back to the cage and to a welcome-home hug. These exciting exploits are described using the language and perspective of a young child; listeners will appreciate both the humor and the satisfying conclusion. Sentences are completed by turning each page, effectively producing a preschool cliff-hanger; their brevity and construction approximate a breathless youngster's telling. The wood shavings, corrugated paper, and especially the fluff on Cinnamon's chest provide great tactile appeal in this mixed-media collage and the primary colors, basic shapes, and familiar household objects are suitable, simple, and straightforward. An engaging but safely vicarious adventure for the youngest audience, this will be a welcome addition to preschool collections.--Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Illustrated with vivid and expressive collages composed of wood chips, cardboard, wallpaper, an assortment of fibers, and textured, handmade papers, this is the thoroughly charming tale of a gerbil's unexpected adventure outside his cage. Told entirely from the gerbil's point of view, the story has an interaction between text and art that is reminiscent of the misleading adventures of Janet Morgan Stoeke's Minerva Louise. Cinnamon calls the screen on his cage the "sky," a dog is a "wolf," the pet's water bowl a "pond," etc. In an endearing spread, he happily hides in his version of a barn, eating his way through all sorts of delicacies, until a giantþhis ownerþcomes along and says "Cinnamon! What are you doing in the cupboard?" The giant provides an aerial trip home to Cinnamon's cage and his mate, Snowball, who is very happy to see him. Spare text, perfect pacing, innovative illustrations, and delightful tongue-in-cheek humor make this work on many levels. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803723221
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: BRL (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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