When it comes to having fun, two is always better then one!
Children's LiteratureJack and Rick are on opposite sides of a small stream. Jack is a rabbit and Rick is a big brown bear. Can they find a way to reach each other? With cooperation they pull a big log to create a bridge. When Rick tries to cross he falls in, but Jack rescues him. They end up on the same side and enjoy playing jump rope together. While it is a story that illustrates the benefits of cooperation it has a mixed message. Streams can be dangerous; building a log bridge can be dangerous as shown by Rick's fall. There is no way the little rabbit Jack could have pulled the much larger bear out of the water. Also the stream shown is so small that Rick probably could have waded across. This is a book that teachers and librarians may want to read and decide for themselves if it is appropriate for the intended young audience. Part of the "Green Light Readers" series, Level 1. 2002, Harcourt,
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 1-Two good choices for children who are just beginning to decode words and need to know that they can read a whole book. In Home, Matt, a squirrel, is new in the neighborhood and has no friends. When Pam (another squirrel) loses her hat, he catches it and returns it. Now, each of them has a new friend. The story is short and sweet, and good for the earliest readers. Each spread features one or two sentences against a white background on one side and a full-page illustration on the other. In Jack and Rick, a rabbit and a bear want to play together but are on opposite sides of a stream. Jack can't lift a tree limb to make a bridge so Rick throws him a rope so that they can pull the limb over. When Rick tries to cross the bridge, however, he falls in and his rabbit friend pulls him out. It's a simple plot about friends helping one another, with one sentence per page and a softly colored, uncluttered illustration above it. It is next to impossible to create an interesting plot using so few easy words. These titles succeed better than most.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus ReviewsNo one can beat McPhail (I Love You Because You're You, 2001, etc.) at illustrations of bears, and Rick the bear joins a long list of the artist's ursine charmers who can't fail to win over young readers. In this emergent-level easy reader, Rick meets a rabbit named Jack, but unfortunately, Rick and Jack are on opposite sides of the river. The two characters use a hollow log and Rick's jump-rope to explore the concept of cooperation, helping each other in simple but creative ways until they can join together on the same bank of the river to jump rope side by side. The text uses a question-and-answer format and just one simple sentence per page to tell the short but satisfying story, which has a real plot and real obstacles for the characters to overcome, despite the length. McPhail's delicately shaded watercolor illustrations show rotund Rick in an orange vest and jaunty Jack in a polka-dot neckerchief, with some hilarious expressions on the animals' faces as they struggle with the heavy log. Children who are just learning to sound out basic vocabulary will enjoy this amusing tale, one of several that McPhail has created for the Green Light easy reader series. (Easy reader. 5-7)
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