Dodo Gets Married

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Lottie's friend Dodo is funny, exotic, and utterly charming. Captain Vince is a lonely bird with a heart of gold. Children everywhere will delight inwatching this unlikely pair find true love in Petra Mathers's newest picture book that enchantingly proves there is someone for everyone.

Dodo, an exotic German bird, befriends a one-legged retired sea captain and marries him.

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Overview

Lottie's friend Dodo is funny, exotic, and utterly charming. Captain Vince is a lonely bird with a heart of gold. Children everywhere will delight inwatching this unlikely pair find true love in Petra Mathers's newest picture book that enchantingly proves there is someone for everyone.

Dodo, an exotic German bird, befriends a one-legged retired sea captain and marries him.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mathers (A Cake for Herbie) never falters in the fourth book in her consistently engaging series about Lottie the chicken and her Oysterville coterie. Here Dodo, an exotic German bird introduced in Lottie's New Friend, meets Vince, a curmudgeonly former helicopter pilot who lost a leg in a rescue mission. Dodo's interest, kindness and indefatigable good humor quickly pierce Vince's crusty veneer. Love and a wedding follow a time-honored sequence that Mathers makes entirely her own through the use of idiosyncratic, funny details underpinned by sweetness and warmth. Vince delivers his proposal, inscribed on a life ring, to Dodo's yard via helicopter; she uses the clothes hanging on the line to spell out an affirmative reply visible from above. His head-feathers, drooping in tune with his mood at the start, gradually perk up as he does, until he sports a glorious top-knot indeed. Every wedding, of course, has a flirtation with disaster; in Dodo's case, a pre-wedding beauty bath somehow irremediably turns her a glow-in-the-dark fluorescent green. The groom rises to the occasion "My sunshine, my night-light," he gallantly proclaims and a wonderful celebration ensues. Fans of the previous books will enjoy seeing familiar details sprinkled throughout the tidily boxed, stylish illustrations: the flower girl from the wedding in Lottie's Beach Towel serves in this ceremony as well; as the moon rises, a young mouse falls asleep on that eponymous, distinctive polka-dotted towel. A wedding well worth attending. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Dodo passes by Captain Vince's house each day and admires his windmills, but she wonders why the captain never comes out of his house. When at last Dodo and Vince meet, they fall in love. In this shallow book, the personified birds are unbelievable, the plot is not plausible, and the attempt at humor falls short. The cartoon-like illustrations are unappealing, and Dodo's German accent is inappropriate. Although the theme of the book is "there is someone for everyone," that theme is not clearly stated. In short, this fourth book in the "Lottie's World" series is not one to be recommended for library collections. 2001, Antheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.00. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Jenny B. (J. B.) Petty
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K-Gr 2-Love triumphs in this whimsical tale of two odd birds who become happily married despite some initial obstacles. Captain Vince lost his leg in a dangerous Coast Guard rescue mission. Since the loss he has isolated himself, fearing the pity of friends. Miss Dodo bicycles by the captain's house every Saturday and is charmed by the miniature windmills he makes. They fall in love, and Dodo goes with her friends to pick out wedding apparel. The night before the wedding, Dodo takes a bath that for reasons unknown leaves her green (instead of her natural bright pink) and makes her glow in the dark. She fears her fianc won't want to marry her when he sees her, but he embraces his bride and lovingly calls her "My sunshine, my night-light-." Mathers's message-that there is someone for everyone-is warmly delivered. Engaging watercolor illustrations suit the text. Dodo's slight German dialect that substitutes z for th (zese, zat, zere, zem, ze) will challenge beginning readers, but add to the fun for reading aloud as will shopkeeper's trilled r's in "brrides" and "grrooms." While the book may give reluctant bathers another reason not to venture into the tub, that's a small price to pay for a heartwarming story. A good choice for Valentine units, young romantics, and fans of Mathers's previous books about Lottie and Herbie.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689830181
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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