Little Red


It's a beautiful day in Bluebell Wood, and Little Red and her friends are preparing a delicious picnic. Just as they settle down to snack on sherbert sandwiches, dandelion tea, and chocolate cake, they hear a very strange sound.



What could possibly be making all that racket? Join Little Red in an investigation that leads to a wonderful...

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Williams, Sam New York, NY 2003 Hard cover New. Library binding. Cloth over boards. Picture book. Contains: Illustrations. Intended for a juvenile audience.

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It's a beautiful day in Bluebell Wood, and Little Red and her friends are preparing a delicious picnic. Just as they settle down to snack on sherbert sandwiches, dandelion tea, and chocolate cake, they hear a very strange sound.



What could possibly be making all that racket? Join Little Red in an investigation that leads to a wonderful surprise!

While on a picnic with four friends, a plucky doll named Little Red decides to investigate a noise that doesn't sound very friendly.

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Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, spins a sweet, Brit-flavored tale around an irrepressible little red-haired charmer and her helpful friends from Bluebell Woods. Illustrated with cheerful watercolors that perfectly capture the feel of the English countryside, this sunny story follows Little Red as she sets out on a picnic with best pals Little Blue, Roany the Pony, and Gino the Dog. Not far along, they happen upon a bunny who's become stranded on a lily pad in the middle of a pond, and the friends devise an ingenious rescue plan. Little Red pulls a rope out of her magical sack of smiles; and when Roany pulls the bunny to safety, the whole gang continues on its merry way -- taking time out for a spirited game of leapfrog!

A fresh character with an old-fashioned feel, Ferguson's spunky little heroine with the checkered dress is sure to be a hit with Beatrix Potter and Raggedy Ann fans. And parents looking to pass on a message about friendship and cooperation will find this gentle read as sweet as honey in their afternoon tea. Shana Taylor

Publishers Weekly
First introduced in Little Red (now in paperback), the spunky redhead returns for Little Red's Summer Adventure by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, illus. by Sam Williams. Here the gal sets out for the River Noodle Boating Bonanza; the winner will get the magical key to the wonky wooden wagon. But when a magpie makes off with the prize, Little Red and her pals must set things right. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Some celebrity books would be publishable even if they weren't celebrity books. This one would not. In a treacly offering from the Duchess of York, Little Red, of Buttercup Cottage, and her friend Little Blue prepare for a picnic of dandelion tea and sherbert (sic) sandwiches at Lily Pad Pond in Bluebell Wood. While picnicking they hear a dreadful scary noise: "SPLAT! SHWOOSH! THWACK! THUMP! SQUEAK! SPLOSH!" Little Red "bravely" takes a deep breath and squares her shoulders: "If someone was in trouble, she and her friends should try to help." And sure enough, through cooperative teamwork they manage to rescue a bunny floating on a lily pad, using a rope handily available in Little Red's "magic sack of smiles." And then the rescuers and the rescued all picnic together. It's hard to know what is more irritating here: the stereotypical quaintness and coziness of the English setting, the stereotypical pluckiness of the heroine, or the stereotypical preachiness of the message. Probably the single most irritating element is the magic sack of smiles. There is no excuse for a children's book that solves its central dramatic question by using materials drawn from a magic sack of smiles. Or perhaps it's the sherbert (sic) sandwiches, bound to be as soggy as this soggiest of tales. 2003, Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 6.
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Little Red and her friends Little Blue, Roany the Pony, and Gino the Dog all leave Buttercup Cottage for a "buzz of a day" picnicking on sherbert sandwiches and chocolate cake in Bluebell Wood. During their feast, a terrible noise leads them to a bunny stranded on a lily pad during a game with frogs. Digging into her magic sack of smiles, Little Red finds a rope that allows Roany to make a successful rescue. Although wordy and containing numerous British phrases, the story itself is serviceable. It is the cloyingly sweet pastel-pencil and watercolor artwork showing these doll-like characters journeying through picturesque fields and flowers that drives the book over the edge. It's all too saccharine for most children.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is famous for her red tresses, a trait shared by the main character in this offering, a doll-like child named Little Red. She lives in a cottage in the English countryside with her friends: a boy named Little Blue, Rony the pony, Gino the dog, and Squirrel. During a picnic in the woods, the group hears a series of loud, scary noises, inexplicably caused by a heron and some frogs trying to rescue a rabbit stuck in a pond, a situation remedied by Little Red and her friends. This oversized, overly sweet tale tries too hard to be jolly, with an overabundance of enthusiastic dialogue and exclamation points. Several plot points are not quite logical, such as the origin of the scary noises and Little Red happening to have a sturdy rope in her "magic sack of smiles." The cheery cover and detailed watercolor illustrations add considerable, genuine charm to the effort. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689843402
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Little Red Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, is the author of the Little Red series. The Duchess is a devoted spokesperson for many charitable organizations, including Changes for Children.

She has two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Sam Williams is the author, illustrator, and designer of numerous picture books for young children. Some of the books he's lent his talent to include the Bunny and Bee series, Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck by Lisa Westberg Peters, and Pea Pod Babies by Karen Baicker. He recently put down his paintbrushes and took up the challenge to climb Mount Blanc! Sam lives with his wife in Hertfordshire, England.

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    Posted September 10, 2003

    My thoughts a/b the title

    This book seems like a very good childerns book.

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