Iris and Walter: The School Play
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Iris and Walter: The School Play

by Elissa Haden Guest, Christine Davenier
     
 

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Iris and Walter can't wait for opening day of their first school play to open. Walter helps Iris make her costume. Iris helps Walter practice his lines. But when Iris wakes up on the morning of her debut, she's in for a big disappointment.

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Iris and Walter can't wait for opening day of their first school play to open. Walter helps Iris make her costume. Iris helps Walter practice his lines. But when Iris wakes up on the morning of her debut, she's in for a big disappointment.

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From the Publisher

Praise for books in the Iris and Walter series:

"Splendid . . . Readers will delight in the youngsters' friendship, and bask in the reassuring love and support they receive from their families."--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

Publishers Weekly
Iris excitedly prepares to make her stage debut and helps Walter with his lines. But when the big day arrives, she awakens with a fever and must stay in bed; her teacher, however, prepares a surprise for Iris's return. Ages 6-9. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Best friends Iris and Walter are back again in this chapter book. They are both excited because the class will be giving a play about insects. Iris will be a cricket and Walter a dragon fly. Iris learns her lines very quickly and helps Walter when he suffers a bit of stage fright during the rehearsal. Walter is the artist and he helps Iris with her costume. When the big day arrives, Iris wakes up with a sore throat and fever. She is devastated because her parents will not allow her to go to school, so she misses the play and the ice cream party. When she returns to school, the teacher has a lovely surprise and announces that they are going to put on a dance about the solar system. Kudos to the teacher for finding such a great solution that makes everyone happy. Kids will really enjoy another delightful book in the series. 2003, Harcourt,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Iris and Walter are excited about their parts in the school play about bugs. Iris practices and practices, and helps Walter with his lines, reassuring him when he forgets them at dress rehearsal. The day of the play, a devastated Iris has a fever and must stay home. She finds it difficult to return to class and hear all about the big event, but Walter helps her get through the day and her teacher brings in a special treat. The best surprise comes at the end, however, when Iris finds out the class will soon begin rehearsing for a dance about the solar system. Readers will relate to the child's situation and will be reassured by her supportive family and best friend. Pen-and-ink drawings done on keacolor paper convey the emotions of the story. This excellent addition to the series is a perfect choice for newly independent readers.-Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this fifth slice-of-life story about Iris and Walter, last seen in The Sleepover (2002), our heroes are preparing for a class play where Iris will be a cricket and Walter will be a dragonfly. Iris loves to practice her lines and Walter enjoys creating the costumes with cardboard, paint, and scissors. But when rehearsals start, Walter has a little trouble remembering the words. Though Iris prompts him in rehearsal, Walter is still worried. What if he forgets his lines on the day of the play? Iris promises to help, but on the morning of the big day, Iris has a fever and has to stay home. Fittingly, she worries about her responsibility to her friend. She is deeply disappointed and still feels sad when she returns to school and has to hear all the excited reminiscences about the play, but the future holds promise. Though the stars here are Walter and Iris, and their dear friendship, Guest adds a dandy supporting cast in Grandpa, who is always there to say the right thing, and Miss Cherry, the understanding teacher with creative ideas and sensible solutions. Davenier's swirling, lively watercolors capture Iris's exuberance and Walter's worrywart expression. The situation might be familiar and ordinary, but Guest has an exceptional gift for intelligently capturing all the angst and joy of stage fright and friendship for her audience. Henry and Mudge fans have some new friends in these likable pals. (Easy reader. 5-9)
Children's Literature - Shelley Oakley
Iris and her best friend Walter have exciting news for Iris’ grandpa: they are going to be in the school play. Iris practices her lines all day long. She feels ready to perform and even helps a nervous Walter with his lines during rehearsal. Then Iris gets sick on the day of the play; she must miss the play and the ice cream party that is to follow. Though initially disappointed, when she is finally well and returns to school she is happy to find out the class will be putting on a dance. The four chapters break up the plot well and help carry the reader through the story. The level three reader text keeps to high frequency words, (those found in word lists for kindergarten through second grade), which encourage the new independent reader’s confidence. Watercolor illustrations are found throughout. Part of the “Green Light Readers” series. Reviewer: Shelley Oakley; Ages 6 to 8.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152056681
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Series:
Iris and Walter Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
44
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


ELISSA HADEN GUEST is the award-winning author of the Iris and Walter series. She lives in San Francisco, California.

CHRISTINE DAVENIER is the acclaimed illustrator of the Iris and Walter books, and she received a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year Award for The First Thing My Mama Told Me by Susan Marie Swanson. She lives in Paris.

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