Eva's Treetop Festival (Owl Diaries Series #1)

Eva's Treetop Festival (Owl Diaries Series #1)

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by Rebecca Elliott
     
 

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This adorable early chapter book series is perfect for young girls who love friendship stories starring animal characters!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will

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This adorable early chapter book series is perfect for young girls who love friendship stories starring animal characters!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Eva Wingdale gets in over her head when she offers to organize a spring festival at school. Even with her best friend Lucy's help, there is NO way she will get everything done in time. Will Eva have to ask Sue (a.k.a. Meanie McMeanerson) for help? Or will the festival have to be cancelled? This book is written as Eva's diary -- with Rebecca Elliott's owl-dorable full-color illustrations throughout!

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Praise for BRANCHES books:
"These books should be considered for larger libraries wanting to enhance their easy-reader collections." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Plenty of drawings assist readers with plot development." -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"A nice stepping stone to more advanced chapter books." -BOOKLIST

"We are absolutely desperate for these books. Thank you for recognizing and addressing [this] monumental gap in the market." -Andrew Medlar, Youth Materials Specialist, Chicago Public Library

Children's Literature - Trudy Shiroma Koeffler
Eva the owl longs to have an achievement of her own. Her imagination goes wild when she begins to plan the Treetop Festival. She soon learns that organizing and planning such an event takes a united effort. As she chooses which friends to include in the process she is surprised to discover that many of her friends have hidden talents. But the biggest surprise is the reaction of her long-time nemesis Sue Clawson. The story is written as Eva’s diary, beginning with an introduction of Eva herself. She includes her likes, dislikes, hobbies, favorite foods, and a description of her family and friends. Eva’s diary then launches into the routine of her school day. Eva has personality and she entertains the reader with her relatable dilemma of pulling off the Treetop Festival in style. The thought bubbles above the owls’ heads and the story’s illustrations add a realistic and childlike quality to this book. Reviewer: Trudy Shiroma Koeffler; Ages 5 to 7.
Publishers Weekly
10/27/2014
A self-possessed owl named Eva Wingdale has personality to spare in this diary-style first book in a series that joins the Branches line of early chapter books. With her love of “making stuff” and her sky-high ambitions, Eva has the makings of a lifestyle mogul (and with her jaunty beret, sneakers, and body assembled of brightly patterned shapes, she looks the part, too). But for now, Eva’s concerns are more immediate: spearheading the first-ever Treetop Elementary Bloomtastic Festival, which she conceived of herself. Asking for help isn’t Eva’s forte, but eventually she learns the importance of delegation—a key lesson for any future CEO. Appealing visuals (the text and art are set against the lined pages of Eva’s diary), punny dialogue, a few pratfalls, and Eva’s unflagging enthusiasm make for lively reading. Ages 5–7. Agency: Bright Agency. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
12/01/2014
Gr 1–3—Eva Wingdale enjoys drawing, going to school, and being busy. She dislikes her brother Humphrey's stinky socks, boredom, and her mom's slug sandwiches. On the first day of spring, the owlet offers to organize the first ever Treetop Owlementary Bloomtastic Festival, featuring a bake-off and talent, fashion, and art shows. With the event only seven days away, Eva's not sure she can get everything done in time. Instead of canceling, though, she enlists help from her classmates and manages to pull off a successful festival. Written in diary format with speech bubbles, the 10 chapters have lively, brightly colored illustrations, often several per page. This early chapter book is a nice step between first readers and series such as Barbara Parks's "Junie B. Jones" and Mary Pope Osborne's "Magic Tree House" (both Random).—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-01
Eva the owl chronicles 11 days in her life in the first in the Owl Diaries series for emerging readers. Eva has received a new diary and uses it to record the details of her life, along with sunny drawings and photographs that make her diary more like a scrapbook. In between daily entries, she comes up with the idea of having a big festival at her school. Her teacher, Mrs. Featherbottom, thinks it's a great idea but warns Eva to share the work with her classmates—which readers might already have inferred will be a challenge. When her rival, Sue Clawson, offers help, Eva stubbornly takes on most of the responsibilities herself. Bright and colorful digital illustrations, large type, frequent speech bubbles and a familiar story make this accessible to emerging readers. The 11 chapters and substantial number of pages will help these readers feel accomplished. Some of the wordplay ("owlementary," "Winglish") and invented owlspeak ("flaperrific," "flap-tastic") might trip up the intended audience, but they also make the story memorable. It's hard not to think that if Eva spent more time getting ready for the festival and less time writing in her diary, she might not end up in the weeds—but then there would be no story, of course. New readers need lots of choices, and this series promises to fill a niche for them. Keep flapping, Eva! (Fantasy. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545683623
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/06/2015
Series:
Owl Diaries Series , #1
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
9,314
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Rebecca Elliott has illustrated many children's books, including KISS, KISS GOOD NIGHT. She wrote and illustrated the OWL DIARIES series, JUST BECAUSE, and ZOO GIRL (which was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal). She lives with her family in the countryside of Suffolk, England. Visit her at www.rebeccaelliott.com.

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Eva's Treetop Festival (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it! So amazing! I hate Sue Clawson, she looks so werid. I heart Eva. 10000000000000000'000000000000 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago