Lexi's Tale

Lexi's Tale

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by Johanna Hurwitz, Patience Brewster
     
 

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Lexi the squirrel doesn't trust humans. After all, it was a human who abandoned PeeWee the guinea pig in Central Park. So Lexi is outraged when a strange-looking man swipes the apple that the friends were about to eat. But when the stranger rescues PeeWee from the jaws of a dog, Lexi has a change of heart. Can two rodents make a difference in the life of a man living… See more details below

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Lexi the squirrel doesn't trust humans. After all, it was a human who abandoned PeeWee the guinea pig in Central Park. So Lexi is outraged when a strange-looking man swipes the apple that the friends were about to eat. But when the stranger rescues PeeWee from the jaws of a dog, Lexi has a change of heart. Can two rodents make a difference in the life of a man living hungry and friendless in Central Park? Welcome back the street-smart squirrel and the well-read guinea pig in this stand-alone companion to PeeWee's Tale, which Publishers Weekly called "humorous and insightful."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This sequel to PeeWee's Tale follows Lexi the squirrel and PeeWee the guinea pig as they pair up to help a homeless man in Manhattan's Central Park. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this "Park Pals Adventure" sequel to Peewee's Tale, Lexington the squirrel and his guinea pig friend Peewee meet a homeless man who saves Peewee from a dog and becomes a trusted human. The animals realize their new friend needs help. As luck would have it, Lexington has a lost wallet in his squirrel hole and knows that the green paper inside it is used by people to buy food. The squirrel's attempt to transfer the wallet from the tree to the man results in a charge of theft, a ride in a police car for squirrel and man, and a happy resolution for all concerned. As Peewee and Lexington suspected, there is something unusual about this human; he is Polish, not really homeless. Unable to speak English, he has lost his luggage and missed his connection with relatives in the city. Reunited with his cousin at the police station, he repays the kindness of his small acquaintances by presenting Peewee with a new friend, a guinea pig companion. Somehow Lexington and Peewee have yet to become the engaging characters one would expect in a Hurwitz tale. Lexington is clever, but something of a nag. Peewee and the reader are reminded of his mother's helpful sayings throughout the book. One wonders if this advice is credible, since Lexington also explains that "squirrel babies become independent very early in life." Patience Brewster's charming drawings make both characters more real and appealing than they are in the text. 2001, SeaStar Books, $14.95. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Anne Field
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The adventures of the guinea pig introduced in PeeWee's Tale (SeaStar, 2000) continue in this easy chapter book. He is befriended by Lexi, a squirrel that shows him how to survive the wilds of Central Park. Lexi has a vast extended family (including brother Madison, sister Sixty-two, and cousin Columbus), and he quotes extensively from his mother, passing along her wisdom to his pal. PeeWee, who has a near miss with the jaws of a dog, trusts humans and eventually convinces Lexi to believe in them, too. Brewster's soft, small pencil illustrations have a tender quality. This clever story is chock-full of positive messages, but also contains enough adventure and suspense to hold young readers' interest.-Sharon McNeil, Los Angeles County Office of Education Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lexi, a precocious squirrel, and PeeWee, an abandoned guinea pig, band together to help a hungry and friendless man in this latest Park Pals Adventure. Growing up in Central Park, Lexi has learned a lot from observation and even more from his enormous family. Wisdom like "Go dig for nuts, don't dig for trouble" prevents Lexi from helping the man initially, but PeeWee's trust and compassion convince Lexi and together they help the homeless man find food and eventually reunite with his family. Humorous anecdotes about the lives of squirrels and their views on humans add to this charming tale. Pen-and-ink drawings scattered through this small book depict Lexi training for the upcoming Squirrel Circus and show PeeWee's amazing ability to read. Although occasionally didactic, no one who reads this will ever look at these furry little creatures in the same way. (Fiction. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452137957
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
Park Pals Adventure
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
858,083
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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