The Collectors (Cork and Fuzz Series)

The Collectors (Cork and Fuzz Series)

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by Dori Chaconas, Lisa McCue

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Cork is a short muskrat who likes to collect shiny stones. Fuzz is a tall possum who also likes to collect shiny stones. Fuzz tries to collect a "stone" from a duck's nest and, in turn, the mama duck tries to collect him. Will Cork be able to save his friend?See more details below

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Cork is a short muskrat who likes to collect shiny stones. Fuzz is a tall possum who also likes to collect shiny stones. Fuzz tries to collect a "stone" from a duck's nest and, in turn, the mama duck tries to collect him. Will Cork be able to save his friend?

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-A welcome addition to a sweet, funny series.+-Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Cork, the muskrat, and Fuzz, the possum, are real pals, and they both enjoy collecting things. When Cork and Fuzz meet up, Fuzz is holding a large feather with his tail and using it to sweep the ground. His plan is to clear debris to find more shiny stones. The approach does not work, so the two head for the pond and find what look like green stones, but it turns out that they are eggs. Suddenly, all the eggs start to hatch, and the ducklings think Fuzz is their mother. That soon changes when mother duck arrives on the scene and chases them away. Mother duck rounds up her brood and even Fuzz with the feather still attached to his tail and plops them all in her nest. Cork comes up with a plan to rescue his friend. It succeeds, and he is rewarded with a feather of his own. The two best friends have a good laugh all the way home. The illustrations are truly delightful and both Fuzz and Cork have personalities that shine trough—the humor, fear, inquisitiveness, and so much more are all carefully conveyed in their expressions and body positions. This duo is bound to please kids, and let us hope there are many future adventures. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3- In this fourth installment in the series, Cork (a muskrat) and Fuzz (a possum) are looking for shiny stones to add to their collections. Fuzz wraps a feather (from his feather collection) on his tail and begins sweeping away dirt, hoping to uncover some treasures. As they work their way down to the pond, Cork finds some pretty green stones. While they study them, the "stones" begin to hatch. They are soon surrounded by ducklings, and Mother Duck is not far behind. With the feather in his tail, Fuzz is mistaken for one of her babies and she pushes him into her nest and sits on him. It is up to Cork to find a way to free his friend and, accidentally, he does just that. As the story ends, readers watch the "two best friends, collecting laughs all the way home." These buddies are at their silly, illogical best, charming readers with their friendly competitiveness. This book is targeted at newly independent readers and has appropriately challenging words like "feather" and "whispered." The text flows smoothly and remains entertaining throughout. Delightful pen-and-watercolor illustrations offer plenty of context clues. Teachers will find this title a perfect choice for reading groups.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME

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Kirkus Reviews
Cork, the short muskrat who collects shiny stones, and Fuzz, the tall possum who collects, well, most things, including feathers, return in a fourth easy reader. Their slightly rivalrous friendship-they spar a bit over the sizes and types of their collections-is further tested when they encounter some "green stones" near a pond. Owing to a feather wrapped in Fuzz's tail, five hatching ducklings bond with the possum, and their returning mother duck "collects" him while hustling her brood back to the nest. After Cork finds a way to liberate Fuzz, the pair runs, flaps and quacks, "collecting laughs all the way home." McCue's charming pictures couple pastoral blues and greens of pond and meadow with wiry and shiny textures for Cork and Fuzz's fur and tails. While plotting is slightly thinner than in previous outings, Chaconas has fun with the friends' confusion as the busy ducklings overrun their nest. A welcome addition to a sweet, funny series. (Easy reader. 5-8)

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Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Cork and Fuzz Series, #4
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Dori Chaconas was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1938. The second child in a family of seven, Dori fell into the role of storyteller, nursery rhyme singer, and general entertainer for her siblings. She claims she learned about story pacing early. If the story action lagged, her fidgety audience would either scatter or start a poking war.

She has been married to Nick, her high school sweetheart, for 44 years. Everyone says the romance will last. They raised four daughters, and are now enjoying three grandsons—especially Grandpa, having been outnumbered by women all those years.

When their daughters were young, Dori wrote for them. She published three picture books and more than fifty stories in children's magazines. In the 70's, her interest turned to yarn embroidery design and she sold designs to major needlework companies and national magazines.

In 1997, Dori started writing stories again, partly to keep her grandsons from fidgeting or starting poking wars. Her stories reflect the warmth of family life. Dori gives credit to her parents for giving her a strong sense of family, and to her children and grandchildren for keeping it alive.

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