In this chapter book two friends face a number of problems and gamely help each other. Iris wants to ride a horse named Rain. Walter teaches her patience and the way to become friends with the horse. When it comes to going to school, Iris is a little afraid, but Walter convinces her that she is brave. As for Walter, when in school, he is unhappy because the teacher calls him Walt, but he has no idea how to tell her that he prefers his full name. He finally comes up with a solution, thanks to a message from Iris. While the horse situation in particular may be improbable, it and the other stories are empowering for young kids who solve their problems without adult assistance. Kids will like Iris and Walter and will also enjoy seeing the stories play out through the pen and ink watercolors by Davenier. 2001, Harcourt, . Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In the first two chapters of this easy-reader, Walter teaches Iris to win the trust of a horse so that she can fulfill her dream to ride Rain "over green meadows, down a path of pines, straight into the sparkling stream." Although Iris is brave enough to accomplish this feat, chapter three deals with her first-day jitters when starting a new school, and the support she receives from her family, classmate Walter, and their teacher. Next, she helps Walter communicate his wish to be called by his full name instead of Walt. This sequel to Iris and Walter (Harcourt, 2000) celebrates friendship, validates emotions, and exemplifies problem solving. While readers new to these characters aren't told that Iris recently moved to the country, that detail is not essential to understand these charming stories. Davenier's expert use of pen and ink on keacolor paper results in cartoon characters whose facial expressions and body language exude emotion. The vibrant colors flow with captivating hues and shadows, and several sweeping vistas are printed on double-page spreads. Treat beginning readers to this book about common childhood events and feelings.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Splendid . . . Readers will delight in the youngsters' friendship."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"Iris and Walter will join Frog and Toad and Henry and Mudge in a prominent place on the easy-reading shelves."--The Bulletin
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Iris wants to ride her horse, Rain, but he is very fast and wild. Her friend, Walter, gives her suggestions about how to become friends with Rain. They visit the horse every day and try to feed him carrots, but he will not eat them. Eventually, the horse begins to eat the carrots, and with Walter’s help, Iris is able to take an exciting ride on Rain. The third and fourth chapters are about the ?rst days of school. Iris is scared on the ?rst day of school so Grandpa walks her to school, and Walter tells her that she is very brave. Iris meets her teacher and decides that school is fun, but the teacher, Miss Cherry, calls Walter by the name, “Walt.” He does not like to be called Walt, but he does not want to tell Miss Cherry. Walter gets an idea after Iris sends him a note that says she wants to help him. The next day for show-and-tell at school, he shows a painting that is signed, “Walter.” The teacher understands, and Walter and Iris have a great second day of school. This book is a level 3 reader in the “Green Light Readers” series, written for children who are reading independently. Illustrations convey the actions throughout the story. It is a pleasant story for beginning independent readers. Reviewer: Vicki Foote; Ages 7 to 9.
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From the Publisher
"Splendid . . . Readers will delight in the youngsters' friendship."School Library Journal
"Iris and Walter will join Frog and Toad and Henry and Mudge in a prominent place on the easy-reading shelves."The Bulletin