Cork and Fuzz

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Cork is a muskrat. Fuzz is a possum. From their first meeting in a hollow log to playing pin-the-tail-on-the-turtle, from collecting rocks to dodging falling pinecones, Cork and Fuzz are always up to something unusual. The gentle humor and simple story will entertain beginning readers, while warm, expressive illustrations add just the right amount of visual cues to help them along.

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Overview

Cork is a muskrat. Fuzz is a possum. From their first meeting in a hollow log to playing pin-the-tail-on-the-turtle, from collecting rocks to dodging falling pinecones, Cork and Fuzz are always up to something unusual. The gentle humor and simple story will entertain beginning readers, while warm, expressive illustrations add just the right amount of visual cues to help them along.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
When Cork, the Muskrat and Fuzz, the Possum meet, they do not have anything in common—or do they? Soon readers find out that Cork likes to eat veggies and Fuzz likes to eat critters, Cork loves to swim and Fuzz is scared of water. A fun, slap-stick style humor is depicted and in the end, readers discover that the two unlikely animals have more in common than seemed possible. Simple, short, easy-to-read text moves the tale along in this 32-page book. Pages are filled with detailed illustrations that offer clues to the text. Many words are one syllable; this allows early readers to succeed. The book is a Level 3 book in the "Viking Easy-to-Read" series. As such, it is geared for 6- to 9-year-old readers in grades 1 to 3. Readers at this stage are able to read the text alone and that is what they will want to do with this delightful story about Cork and Fuzz. 2005, Penguin Group/Viking, Ages 6 to 9.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Cork and Fuzz, a muskrat and a possum, meet and discover that they have nothing in common. One eats beetles and the other eats "veggie stuff"; one loves the water and the other can't float. They are both bored, however, and each is looking for a friend. Their attempts to find a shared activity are gently comical and ultimately successful. Young readers will empathize with the challenge of making friends with someone who has different tastes and interests. The story's repeated words and entire sentences will help beginning readers feel successful. McCue's endearing drawings add personality and humor to the animals' faces. An excellent addition to easy-reader collections.-Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this droll take on the evergreen theme of unlikely friendships, a small, lonely muskrat and a newly met, considerably larger possum search gamely for common ground. At first, it doesn't look good: Cork loves water and veggies, while Fuzz is into bugs and dry land; Fuzz gives Cork a scare by playing dead, then inadvertently sticks him with a thorn during an attempted game of pin-the-tail-on-the-turtle. Frizzed-up appealingly in McCue's finely inked natural scenes, the two make expressive, recognizably childlike figures that will have young readers rooting for them to find a way-as indeed they do, after discovering a mutual love for collecting interesting pebbles. The comical contrast between Cork's steady seriousness and Fuzz's daffy streak-" 'Are you a duck?' Fuzz asked. 'Ducks go cork! cork!' 'Ducks do not go cork! cork!' Cork said. 'Ducks go quack! quack!' "-adds even more animation to this budding friendship. Readers will hope for sequels. (Easy reader. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670036028
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Cork and Fuzz Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 579,944
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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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