Frank and Izzy Set Sail

Frank and Izzy Set Sail

by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
     
 
The creator of ZELDA AND IVY illustrates the fine art of being a good friend — and still being yourself-in an engaging, amusing tale about appreciating differences.

Frank likes the quiet life — an afternoon sitting in his favorite armchair and playing the ukulele suits him just fine. Izzy, on the other hand, craves an adventure, as you might

Overview

The creator of ZELDA AND IVY illustrates the fine art of being a good friend — and still being yourself-in an engaging, amusing tale about appreciating differences.

Frank likes the quiet life — an afternoon sitting in his favorite armchair and playing the ukulele suits him just fine. Izzy, on the other hand, craves an adventure, as you might expect of a rabbit whose grandma sailed the seven seas with a parrot on her shoulder (well, maybe not the parrot part). It’s no surprise that when Izzy suggests they sail to Crescent Island and camp out overnight, Frank is a tiny bit hesitant. But when Izzy agrees to tow along most of Frank’s earthly possessions — and Frank patches up an unexpected mishap on Izzy’s part — they both agree that odd couples can make great companions for sharing a wonderful summer’s day.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Opposites make good partners in this low-key tale, where an adventurous rabbit goes camping with her stay-at-home friend, a brown bear. Izzy, an outdoorsy Katherine Hepburn type, arrives at Frank's lakeside house wearing a sailor suit and ready to go boating. Frank, her overcautious counterpart, associates sailing with "shipwrecks and castaways," but he can't deter Izzy from her plan. He fills a large raft with gear ("I like to be prepared"), and they sail to an island where Izzy goes hiking and leaves Frank to set up camp. When Izzy returns with a hurt paw ("A sasquatch bit it," she claims), Frank bandages it and serves a hot dinner. To Frank's delight, Izzy packed his ukulele, and he conquers his shyness to play some nostalgic, bunny-themed songs like "Hoppy Days Are Here Again." Kvasnosky (Zelda and Ivy) depicts Izzy as the intrepid type who provides spontaneous fun, and Frank as the practical fellow (and a bit of a worrywart) who averts disaster and winds up enjoying himself. The author's gouache-resist paintings feature pale, waxy colors washed over crayony black, creating a quiet, nonthreatening atmosphere that dispels Frank's trepidations. Frank and Izzy's flirty camaraderie resembles that of two old-fashioned adults rather than two children, but their easy-going, give-and-take friendship provides an example for any age. Ages 5-9. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Frank is a rather shy, timid bear, happy to stay at home. His irrepressible friend Izzy, an adventurous rabbit, urges him to go sailing with her and camp overnight on an island beach. Although reluctant, Frank gathers enough gear for any eventuality, so much that they have to tow it behind in a dinghy. Izzy cheerily sets sail, chatting away as her imagination goes wild. When they arrive on the island, Izzy goes tramping off for a while, leaving an apprehensive Frank to worry. Could there be a Sasquatch out there? But later, by the fire, he is persuaded to play his ukulele as they sing to the stars. By the next day, he feels ready to try sailing the boat back himself. It is a happy, more confident Frank who sings along with Izzy on the porch that evening. The gouache resist medium produces textured, decorative scenes of this charming anthropomorphic pair in varying sizes, containing just enough detail to create the local context and enhance the narrative. Izzy is portrayed as the emotional one, but Frank's steady character shows its value at the end. The front end-papers show the setting in the daylight; the back ones at night. Perhaps this could be a subtle way to encourage readers to be willing to try something new. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A sweet look at two friends who explore their differences. Frank, a bear, is quiet, shy, and ultra-organized, while spontaneous Izzy, a rabbit, loves adventure and exploration. Their sailing trip to Crescent Island for an overnight camping excursion is a bit more than they bargain for, with Izzy getting injured and timid Frank having to take the lead, but the two realize that they are a good team. The gouache resist artwork captures the characters' personalities to a tee and the gorgeous landscapes depict an appealing outdoor experience despite the minor mishaps. While the quiet text may prove too lengthy for group sharing, the colorful art is full of charming details that are perfect for poring over.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Opposites may not always attract, but their differences can bring out the best in each other's qualities. Frank Bear is shy, cautious, a bit introverted, and reluctant to make new friends or try new things. Izzy Rabbit is alternately friendly, adventurous, vibrant, and ready to live a little dangerously in order to explore. When Izzy interrupts Frank's quiet, peaceful afternoon of ukulele practice to invite him on an overnight sailing and camping trip, her insistence succeeds, and with nervous foresight for every possible kind of occurrence, Frank packs a week's worth of supplies to join Izzy. Grateful for Frank's readiness when she returns to the campsite with a wounded paw, Izzy accepts first-aid and a warm meal. Mixed-media of pencil, watercolor, and crayon paint a complete view of this gentle friendship story accentuating the particular attributes of each character and how their budding relationship allows them to grow and learn from each other. Even text and natural dialogue reflect an understanding and acceptance that serves well as an example for true camaraderie. Sweet-tempered and affable. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763621469
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Laura McGee Kvasnosky has published twelve books for young readers, including the award-winning series about the two fabulous fox sisters, Zelda and Ivy. She says of FRANK AND IZZY SET SAIL, "I identify with many of the characteristics of Izzy, while my husband takes after Frank. We’re still practicing our ukuleles for the Talent Show."

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