Hunter's Best Friend at School

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Hunter and Stripe are best friends. This young raccoon pair loves to do everything together, like dress in striped sweaters, read the same stories, and even eat the same lunch — a crawfish sandwich, huckleberries, and milk. But when Stripe arrives one day at school in a mischief-making mood and starts stirring up trouble in Mr. Ringtail's class, should Hunter follow along?

Laura Malone Elliott and Lynn Munsinger introduce two delightful pals who will entertain young children as ...

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Overview

Hunter and Stripe are best friends. This young raccoon pair loves to do everything together, like dress in striped sweaters, read the same stories, and even eat the same lunch — a crawfish sandwich, huckleberries, and milk. But when Stripe arrives one day at school in a mischief-making mood and starts stirring up trouble in Mr. Ringtail's class, should Hunter follow along?

Laura Malone Elliott and Lynn Munsinger introduce two delightful pals who will entertain young children as they also provide an important look at peer pressure and first friendships.

Hunter the raccoon is not sure what he should do when his best friend Stripe starts acting up at preschool.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In PW's words, "Best friends and school join up in for a kid-pleasing tale about resisting peer pressure, and the comical, sometimes poignant illustrations give this picture book a double draw." Ages 4-7. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Young raccoons Hunter and Stripe sing together, play together, and copy one another's tricks. One day Stripe makes mischief in class, and Hunter follows along, cutting up a paper frog he's made. He grapples with this decision, imagining how much his mother would have liked to see his artwork, and cries after it is destroyed. Later, when she discovers the shredded pieces of paper in his backpack, he tells her what happened. She explains that "Being a best friend doesn't mean always following along. Sometimes being a best friend means you have to help your friend be his best self." The next day, Hunter repeatedly models good behavior every time his pal acts up. Soon Stripe catches on and acts like "his very best self." Although the story is message-driven, and the young raccoon's turnaround is unrealistically abrupt, the characters are appealing. The entertaining artwork features endearing creatures dressed in children's clothing. A solid choice, filling a need for stories about friendship and peer pressure.-Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hunter wonders what to do when his best friend Stripe decides to be naughty at school and expects Hunter to join in on the roguish behavior. After all, as best buddies, Hunter and Stripe have always done things together; from clothes to food, their interests and activities were always on par. Elliott (Under a War-torn Sky, not reviewed) sympathetically addresses the prickly topic of peer pressure from a child's perspective, revealing how easy it is for the well-intentioned to slide into trouble just by going with the flow. Initially, Hunter finds Stripe's antics humorous and easily participates. Yet, when Stripe encourages him to destroy an art project, Hunter finds himself on the horns of a dilemma. Although he is proud of his artwork, Hunter wrecks his project, instantly feeling remorse. With the guidance of his teacher and mother, Hunter learns a critical lesson regarding the importance of staying true to one's self. Bolstered by the affirmation of the adults around him, he resolves to provide a stellar example of good behavior for his wayward pal. Munsinger's (Tackylocks and the Three Bears, below, etc.) anthropomorphic raccoons are irresistibly cute and cuddly. The accouterments of early childhood education are liberally scattered throughout the illustrations, depicting a familiar setting for young readers. Elliot does a remarkable job portraying how difficult it is for Hunter to resist Stripe's entreaties and later, not react to his teasing. Readers will readily respond to Hunter's dilemma and be reassured by his ultimate success. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060753191
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/5/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 103,707
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Malone Elliott is the author of the award-winning Hunter's Best Friend at School, Hunter's Big Sister, Hunter & Stripe and the Soccer Showdown, and the first story about Sam and Mary Ann, A String of Hearts, also illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. As L. M. Elliott, she has written books for older readers, including the highly praised Under a War-Torn Sky; its sequel, A Troubled Peace; Flying South; Annie, Between the States; and Give Me Liberty. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

Lynn Munsinger has illustrated many favorite books for children, including The Teeny Tiny Ghost and Whooo's Haunting the Teeny Tiny Ghost? by Kay Winters. She divides her time between Vermont and Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2002

    Can a best friend, help his best friend, be his best self?

    As an educator of young children for over twenty five years, I find Hunter's Best Friend at School by Laura Elliott to be one of the best I have ever read, dealing with being true to one's self. All children want to be liked and often do things that they would not otherwise do, just to be accepted. Hunter and Stripe, are such friends, yet with the help of his mother and his teacher, Hunter is able to set an example that encourages Stripe to be "his best self." This book is absolutly delightful and entertaining.The words, the illustrations, the message of being true to oneself is certainly needed in today's world. I read it to a Kindergarten class that was spellbound by the second page. The school librarian is going to order one copy for each of the primary classes at our school. My own grandsons, age five and seven were touched by Hunter's example, with the five year old saying, "my eyes are getting wet from hearing that story" and the seven year old saying, "I have that problem with my friend, Nate." Out of the mouth of babes is a telling review of this wonderful book and I would encourage every parent and grandparent to include it in their children's library as soon as possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2002

    Can a best friend, help his friend be his best self?

    As an educator of young children for over twenty-five years, I find Hunter's Best Friend at School by Laura Elliott to be one of the best books I have ever read, dealing with being true to one's self. All children want to be liked and often do things that they would not otherwise do, just to be accepted. Hunter and Stripe are such friends, yet with the help of his mother and his teacher, Hunter is able to set an example that encourages Stripe to be "his best self." This book is absolutely delightful and entertaining. The words, the illustrations, the message of being true to oneself is certainly needed in today's world. I read it to a Kindergarten class that was spellbound by the second page. The school librarian is going to order one copy for each of the primary classes at out school. My own grandsons, age five and seven, were touched by Hunter's example, with the five-year-old saying, "I have that problem with my friend, X." Out of the mouth of babes is a telling review of this wonderful book and I would encourage every parent and grandparent to include it in their children's library as soon as possible.

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