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The fun-filled story starring Lexi, the street-smart squirrel, and his friend PeeWee, the well-read guinea pig, is now available in paperback. Lexi doesn't trust humans. But when a homeless stranger rescues PeeWee from the jaws of a vicious 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?

Author Biography: Johanna Hurwitz is the popular author of Class Clown, Rip-Roaring Russell, Oh No, Noah!, ...

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Lexi's Tale

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Overview

The fun-filled story starring Lexi, the street-smart squirrel, and his friend PeeWee, the well-read guinea pig, is now available in paperback. Lexi doesn't trust humans. But when a homeless stranger rescues PeeWee from the jaws of a vicious 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?

Author Biography: Johanna Hurwitz is the popular author of Class Clown, Rip-Roaring Russell, Oh No, Noah!, and many other books for young people, a number of which have received child-chosen state awards. Ms. Hurwitz lives in Great Neck, New York, and Wilmington, Vermont.

Patience Brewster has illustrated more than 30 books for children, including Bear's Christmas Surprise and Queen of May. Ms. Brewster lives in Skaneateles, New York.

Lexi the squirrel and his guinea pig friend Pee Wee, who live in Central Park, help a hungry stranger with a funny hat.

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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.
Publishers Weekly
In a sequel to PeeWee's Tale, Lexi's Tale by Johanna Hurwitz, illus. by Patience Brewster, follows Lexi the squirrel and PeeWee the guinea pig as they pair up to help a homeless man in New York City's Central Park. ( Oct.) Copyright 2001 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: 4/8/2014
  • Series: Park Pals Adventure
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Johanna Hurwitz has written over 50 popular books for young readers, including Oh No, Noah!, Class Clown, Rip-Roaring Russell, and the other Park Pals adventures, PeeWee's Tale and Lexi's Tale. She lives in Great Neck, New York.

Patience Brewster has illustrated more than 30 books for children, including Bear's Christmas Surprise and Queen of May. Ms. Brewster lives in Skaneateles, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    this book is awesome

    this book is very interesting. its about how a squirrel and a guinea pig help a lost man find his family.i highly reccomened this book and any other book written by johanna hurwitz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2008

    Great Book

    Lexi¿s Tale was fantastic. It was about Lexi and PeeWee helping a man in the park who lost his relatives for days get something to eat. One of the most interesting parts was when Lexi and PeeWee were trying to help him by trying to give him a wallet. I liked the illustrations because they are cute. It was funny when Lexi told PeeWee what his mother would say. My favorite part was at the end when Stefan brought another guinea pig to the park because earlier in the book PeeWee said he wanted another guinea pig to live in the park. Lexi¿s Tale was a great book. -- C.G.F.

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