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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, MECopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Posted June 14, 2009
My grandson is 6 and we have been reading Cork and Fuzz for some time. These books have two very engaging and funny characters who provide a look at what friends are all about even when you are different from each other. They always make Mitchell laugh and he always picks these books for his reading pile. I recommend these books to anyone looking for a book that is very open to interpretation with sound effects and voices and lends itself to reading over and over. Mitchell anticipates certain pages in the stories and is giggling before we get there!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.