Just A Little Bit (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. When Mouse and Elephant decide to go on the seesaw, Mouse needs a lot of help from other animals before they can go up and down.

When Mouse and Elephant decide to go on the seesaw, Mouse needs a lot of help from other animals before they can go up and down.

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. When Mouse and Elephant decide to go on the seesaw, Mouse needs a lot of help from other animals before they can go up and down.

When Mouse and Elephant decide to go on the seesaw, Mouse needs a lot of help from other animals before they can go up and down.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author and illustrator of Nothing Sticks Like a Shadow put a new spin on a timeless theme as two friends deal with their dissimilar statures. Elephant and Mouse try to balance a seesaw in the park, with obvious results. Along come a giraffe, zebra, lion, bear, crocodile, mongoose, monkey and ostrich. One by one they climb onto Mouse's side of the seesaw, ``grunting and groaning and grimacing'' as they push down as hard as they can in an attempt to get Elephant off the ground. Just as they're about to give up, a small brown beetle flies down from the sky and perches atop Mouse's nose, adding the needed weight to move that seesaw. ``Every little bit helps!'' declares Elephant as a crowd of animal spectators cheers. Tompert's playful if slight cumulative text gets a lift from Munsinger's amusing watercolors, which portray this assemblage of creatures as an endearing, unusually expressive lot. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Karen Saxe
An elephant and a mouse go to the park together and try out the seesaw. The young reader may guess that the mouse will need more than a little help and, one-by-one, a zebra, a giraffe, a mongoose, and so on, come to the rescue.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A giraffe, zebra, lion, bear, crocodile, monkey, ostrich, and even a mongoose, all winsomely drawn, walk, trot, prance, lumber, grimace, and groan in turn as each tries to aid Mouse in pushing down on one side of the seesaw to lift elephant on the other. Predictably, with each new creature, nothing happens-until (and equally predictable) from overhead a small brown beetle alights on Mouse. Elephant trumpets, ``every little bit helps,'' as he is hoisted into the air. Pastel watercolors and ink washes in Munsinger's talented hands turn this overworked theme into an endearing piece of whimsy. Clothed bunnies and piglets watch from the sidelines in a pale green park (no modern, rubber-tired, pressurized wood playground here). Repetitive phrasing, the parade of animal types, and the variety of verb actions make this a beginning language pleaser. The facial features and poses are childlike and expressive. Together again (Nothing Sticks Like a Shadow [Houghton, 1988]), author and illustrator introduce a variation on ``the straw that broke the camel's back'' to a new generation. This is neither as suspenseful nor delicate as Alvin Tresselt's The Mitten (Lothrop, 1964), but still a charming effort.-Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY
Hazel Rochman
In a cumulative nonsense tale with its own playful logic, a great big elephant and a sturdy little mouse try to play on the seesaw. Elephant sits down on one side, Mouse climbs to the very edge of the other side, but nothing happens. Gangly Giraffe goes up the board and sits next to Mouse, but nothing happens. Zebra trots up, so does Lion. Bear lumbers up. Other creatures, large and small, join Mouse, and everyone pushes down together. Still nothing happens--until small brown Beetle lands on Mouse's head and changes the balance so they can all go up and down. Munsinger's line-and-wash illustrations, with lots of white space, perfectly express the innocence of the lumbering elephant with big pink fingernails and toenails and a pink-striped T-shirt. Kids will laugh at the gaggle of animals clutching Mouse and each other in various contortions as they groan and grimace and push and try not to fall off the seesaw. The insect as savior is an especially satisfying solution for small children, who must often feel themselves up against a heavy, immovable grown-up, on the seesaw and everywhere else.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613063517
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 32

Meet the Author

Lynn Munsinger and Helen Lester have been together through thick and thin since first publishing The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983 with Houghton Mifflin Company and Walter Lorraine, their editor. They have collaborated on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time author and a former teacher who makes her home in Pawling, New York, and Lynn Munsinger is a full-time illustrator who divides her time between Connecticut and Vermont.
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