Iris and Walter, True Friends

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Sometimes it takes a friend to help solve a problem. So when Iris announces that she really wants to ride the wild horse Rain, Walter comes up with the perfect plan to help her.

Walter shows Iris how to make friends with his horse Rain, and in turn, Iris helps Walter deal with a problem at school.

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Overview

Sometimes it takes a friend to help solve a problem. So when Iris announces that she really wants to ride the wild horse Rain, Walter comes up with the perfect plan to help her.

Walter shows Iris how to make friends with his horse Rain, and in turn, Iris helps Walter deal with a problem at school.

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Editorial Reviews

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

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
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152056803
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Iris And Walter Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 400,335
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    How to ride a horse

    Iris and Walter wanted to ride a horse at the barn. They made friends with the horse by giving him things to eat. Rain, the horse, did not want Grandpa's cookies. They made friends by giving him carrots. Iris and Walter then got to ride Rain. I liked that they get to be friends with Rain.

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