Overview

Jasper likes to be neat. Each morning he tidies his nest and puts on his cap and bow tie. Joop likes to be messy! Each morning he rumples his nest and musses his feathers. Despite their differences, Jasper and Joop are two very good friends—birds of a feather! But what will happen when one friend gets into trouble with some busy bees?

Another pair of darling goslings make their debut in this story, with Olivier Dunrea’s perfectly pitched ...

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Jasper & Joop

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Overview

Jasper likes to be neat. Each morning he tidies his nest and puts on his cap and bow tie. Joop likes to be messy! Each morning he rumples his nest and musses his feathers. Despite their differences, Jasper and Joop are two very good friends—birds of a feather! But what will happen when one friend gets into trouble with some busy bees?

Another pair of darling goslings make their debut in this story, with Olivier Dunrea’s perfectly pitched storytelling and illustrations that Gossie&Friends fans have come to cherish.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[A] pitch-perfect tale of friends as different as different can be."
Kirkus

"Dunrea's expressive vignettes capture the innocence and adventure of toddlerhood and imbue the tilt of a beak or the curve of a feather with humor and personality."
School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Meet Jasper and Joop, the newest poultry characters in the "Gossie and Friends" series. Jasper is tidy and Joop is messy. These two gosling friends may be different but should be a wonderful addition to a school or classroom library for young children. Important early literacy skills, including print motivation, print awareness, letter knowledge and vocabulary are promoted in delightful fashion. The story is a simple idea presented with clarity, humor and enough familiarity to make young readers comfortable. Who doesn't smile and laugh at baby chicks, piglets and bees? Bees? They surely don't want trouble with bees, but one of them gets into big trouble by sticking his bill into a beehive. Oh my! Simple sentences allow readers to focus on the uncluttered watercolor illustrations and one to two sentences per page. An odd, feathered couple, this twosome tale is one of opposites. After all, one is tidy, one is messy and both fit into a perfect pair for contrast and compare activities. Other titles in the series include Gossie, Gossie & Gertie, Ollie the Stomper, BooBoo, Peedie and Gideon & Otto. This is a wonderful choice for discussion on friendships. After all, friends save other friends from bee attacks, too. The publisher's website www.gossieandfriends.com offers a selection of supporting activities including matching games, mazes, stick puppets, math activities and an interactive game and snack activity. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
School Library Journal
PreS—Straitlaced Jasper and free-spirited Joop are an unlikely pair of goslings. Jasper likes his nest tidy and the barnyard dry, while Joop's nest is perpetually mussed, and he leaps gleefully into "MUDDY mud!" When Joop's enthusiasm for shenanigans lands him beak-deep in a beehive, Jasper's the one to honk emphatically: "RUN!" Both goslings discover that they do not like bees and end up in the pond with a satisfying splash. Dunrea's expressive vignettes capture the innocence and adventure of toddlerhood and imbue the tilt of a beak or the curve of a feather with humor and personality. These newest additions to his gaggle of goslings are sure to wiggle their way into the hearts of well-mannered and mischievous youngsters everywhere.—Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Meet a Felix and Oscar of the feathered variety in this pitch-perfect tale of friends as different as different can be. Roommates (or, rather, coopmates) Jasper and Joop could not be more unalike. Where Jasper is meticulous and tidy, Joop is carefree and messy. Where Jasper murmurs a disapproving "Muddy mud" or "Dusty straw," Joop will honk a thrilled "MUDDY mud!" or "DUSTY straw!" But when Joop goes sticking his beak into a beehive, it's Jasper who has the presence of mind to suggest that they run. Fortunately, even as they escape, Joop is able to show his best friend that sometimes getting dirty and wet can be a lot of fun. Few will be able to resist Jasper in his striped hat and matching tie, though scruffy-feathered Joop is the one kids will identify with the most readily. In Joop, the sheer joy of existence flows readily from the page. His is a life of exploiting pleasure in the here and now. Opposites may attract, but it's clear that Joop's carefree embrace of all things mucky will win the day (and the hearts of Joop-like readers everywhere) in this addition to Dunrea's diminutive gosling series. A winning tale of opposites attracting in spite of the odds. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544052901
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Series: Gossie & Friends
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 935,471
  • Age range: 3 years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Olivier Dunrea is the creator of beautiful and well-loved children’s books. A painter and a sculptor, his work centers around farms, animals, architecture, and folklore. He lives in the tiny village of Narrowsburg, New York, in the Catskill Mountains.

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