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Dot & Jabber and the Mystery of the Missing Stream
     

Dot & Jabber and the Mystery of the Missing Stream

by Ellen Stoll Walsh, Jeannette Larson (Editor)
 

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The stream is empty! Where did the water go? Can mouse detectives Dot and Jabber solve the mystery?

Last night the rain poured down. Today the stream is empty! Where did the water go? It's a good thing Dot and Jabber are on the case—these mouse detectives love mysteries. Their scrambling search upstream leads to funny encounters with a puddle full

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The stream is empty! Where did the water go? Can mouse detectives Dot and Jabber solve the mystery?

Last night the rain poured down. Today the stream is empty! Where did the water go? It's a good thing Dot and Jabber are on the case—these mouse detectives love mysteries. Their scrambling search upstream leads to funny encounters with a puddle full of minnows and a snake . . . and to lots of clues. But can the detectives figure out just how those clues fit together?

Ellen Stoll Walsh, creator of the popular Mouse Paint mice, brings us this companion book to Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery. An afterword presents easy-to-understand facts about storms and dams.

Author Biography: 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.

Editorial Reviews

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)
From the Publisher
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

 
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Dot and Jabber, mouse detectives, have a mystery to solve. Following a big storm, they climb over broken branches and sticks to get to the stream, expecting it to be flowing high. To their surprise, the stream is empty, except for a few isolated puddles. A distressed snake asks Dot and Jabber to find the lost water. The detectives start walking upstream, because that’s where the water comes from. They talk to minnows crowded together in a tiny puddle. Next they see some crayfish taking turns jumping into another small puddle. Continuing their journey through broken branches, they figure out why the water stopped flowing. They race upstream to discover a magnificent dam made of fallen branches. They hear twigs and branches snap as the dam begins to break. The mice scramble up the bank and watch the water tumble over itself as it fills the stream bed. The collage illustrations featuring endearing mice are reminiscent of Leo Lionni’s classic Frederick. Included is a page of factual information about storms and dams. This serves as an interesting and innovative introduction to this scientific concept. Part of the “Dot & Jabber Science” series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.; Ages 4 to 6.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152165123
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Dot & Jabber Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 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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