Dot & Jabber and the Mystery of the Missing Stream

Dot & Jabber and the Mystery of the Missing Stream

by Ellen Stoll Walsh
     
 

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Last night the rain poured down. Today the stream is empty! Where did the water go? It’s a good thing mouse detectives Dot and Jabber are on the case! Their search upstream leads to funny encounters with a puddle of minnows, a snake, and lots of clues.
     Beginning readers will have fun discovering how those clues fit together in this

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Last night the rain poured down. Today the stream is empty! Where did the water go? It’s a good thing mouse detectives Dot and Jabber are on the case! Their search upstream leads to funny encounters with a puddle of minnows, a snake, and lots of clues.
     Beginning readers will have fun discovering how those clues fit together in this colorful, newly formatted easy reader edition that also includes an afterword with information on storms and dams.

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Praise for the Dot and Jabber books:

"Dot and Jabber are the perfect mice to lead young readers in exploring the great outdoors."  -- Kirkus Reviews

"A good choice for all collections." -- School Library Journal

"Walsh's familiar cut-paper collages present a simple cycle of life that most young children can easily grasp, and  her graceful creatures transform the science lessons into something fun, thoughtful, and very special."  --Booklist

 
Publishers Weekly
When, after a rainstorm, the stream is empty, the eponymous mouse detectives forage for clues in Dot & Jabber and the Mystery of the Missing Stream by Ellen Stoll Walsh, the follow-up to Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery. Mixed-media collage brings the mice to life; an endnote explains storms and dams. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-When the streambed dries up after a storm, the adorable detective mice set out to find the cause. Collecting clues of sticks and leaves, the young heroes ultimately discover what they suspected-a dam built up from the fallen debris. Parading as a simple picture book, this story unobtrusively demonstrates logic, deduction, and problem-solving skills, and teaches a little science along the way. Well-composed cut-paper collages in natural hues illustrate this mystery; the last page enlightens readers about storms and dams. Walsh successfully combines science and good storytelling to create a clever tale that will serve as a good discussion starter.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
They’re baaaack! Those cute and clever mouse detectives from Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery (2001) set off to investigate why the stream has dried up after a big storm. Minnows, crayfish, and a snake contribute to the clues. The dialogue is natural and nuanced with childlike simplicity: "We’ve never looked for lost water before"; and "How can a stick make water go away?" The answer, of course, is a beaver-like dam ("only without the beavers") and when it bursts, the mice decide: "Let’s put some of the clues together and make a raft to take us home." Walsh’s signature collage illustrations work perfectly with the story, adding touches of texture. The book is nicely designed with attractive batik-like endpapers, quality paper, glossy color finish, and a size appropriate for the age group. The last page provides "More about Storms and Dams." Walsh has crafted an outstanding combination of preschool/kindgergarten story with nature information. Hopefully, Dot and Jabber are lining up more mysteries to add to this excellent stream of informative titles for young minds. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544791671
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/13/2016
Series:
Green Light Readers Level 2 Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
725,972
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


ELLEN STOLL WALSH is the author-illustrator of many popular books for children, including the successful Mouse Paint and Mouse Count books. She lives in upstate New York.

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