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Itsy Bitsy and Teeny Weeny

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One spring, as part of their animal rescue work on Hazel Ridge Farm, Gijsbert (Nick) and Robbyn van Frankenhuyzen find themselves caring for a lamb and an orphaned fawn at the same time. They name the lamb Teeny Weeny and the fawn Itsy Bitsy. Raised as "siblings," the two youngsters are inseparable that summer, sharing a playpen in the house, romping together, and just getting into general mischief. As the seasons change, Itsy Bitsy and Teeny Weeny grow into their true selves, away from "Mother" Robbyn and each ...
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One spring, as part of their animal rescue work on Hazel Ridge Farm, Gijsbert (Nick) and Robbyn van Frankenhuyzen find themselves caring for a lamb and an orphaned fawn at the same time. They name the lamb Teeny Weeny and the fawn Itsy Bitsy. Raised as "siblings," the two youngsters are inseparable that summer, sharing a playpen in the house, romping together, and just getting into general mischief. As the seasons change, Itsy Bitsy and Teeny Weeny grow into their true selves, away from "Mother" Robbyn and each other. Nature must take its course and the two animals go their separate ways: one back to a life in the wild and the other on to domestic farm life. Warmly illustrated by wildlife artist Gijsbert van Frankhuyzen, this bittersweet story is another gentle lesson in how nature works on Hazel Ridge Farm.Illustrator Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen and wife Robbyn team up again for their fourth wildlife tale drawn from their years of work as licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Other books in the Hazel Ridge Farm series are Adopted by an Owl; Saving Samantha; and Kelly of Hazel Ridge. Gijsbert has illustrated numerous books with Sleeping Bear Press including the bestselling The Legend of Sleeping Bear; The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell; and most recently, Bambi's First Day.He and Robbyn make their home in Bath, Michigan, on Hazel Ridge Farm, a 40-acre farm and wildlife refuge.
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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Spring arrives at Hazel Ridge Farm that also serves as a wildlife rescue station. As a mother sheep gives birth, the story's author spies a smaller, almost dead lamb. This lamb is too weak to be accepted by the lamb's mother, so the lamb is taken into the house. Meanwhile a fawn is dropped off. Two little ones are as easy to tend as one is, so into the house both of the animals go. The lamb is named Teeny Weeny and the fawn is named Itsy Bitsy. Their rehabilitation and extra canine caregivers make for an amusing and interesting telling about rescued wildlife. As the seasons change, Itsy Bitsy longs to join wild animals. At first, the caregiver wants to hold the young deer back. When Itsy Bitsy gets caught in the wire, his caregiver realizes it is time for the deer to join the wild. These authors are known for beautiful detailed illustrations and moving stories. This particular story is part of other books about this wildlife reserve. This story can serve older reluctant readers as well as first graders as it shows caring for orphaned wildlife and the need to treat wild creatures respectfully. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this fourth adventure at Hazel Ridge Farm, Teeny Weeny, a lamb rejected by its mother and Itsy Bitsy, an orphaned fawn, are raised as brother and sister at an actual animal-rehabilitation center. At first barely strong enough to eat, the newly adopted animals grow robust enough after weeks of bottle feeding to escape their playpen and move to the barn. Ultimately, the young buck's inherent nature takes over as he leaps over fences to explore the wild around him, leaving his more security-minded companion behind. When his leg gets caught in the fence as he tries to escape yet again, his human caregiver realizes that it is time to let him live with other deer in the woods. The caregiver's first-person narrative tells a quality story while seamlessly introducing facts about taking care of animals. Full-spread paintings capture life on the farm and the endearing friendship between these two otherwise unlikely siblings. This is a great introduction to what it is like to look after wild animals in need and why it is so important to let them go.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585364176
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2009
  • Series: The Hazel Ridge Farm Stories
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 428,614
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Itsy Bitsy and Teeny Weeny is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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