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Look Both Ways: A Cautionary Tale
     

Look Both Ways: A Cautionary Tale

by Diane Z. Shore, Jessica Alexander, Teri Weidner (Illustrator)
 

Sometimes even squirrels need a lesson in safety!

Filbert the squirrel loves to play soccer with his friends, but when his mother asks him to run an errand, he dashes right off. Filbert is always careful to avoid the neighborhood cat, but-Skip-leap! Hip-hop!-he has so much fun running up telephone poles and bouncing through the leaves, he forgets to look both

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Sometimes even squirrels need a lesson in safety!

Filbert the squirrel loves to play soccer with his friends, but when his mother asks him to run an errand, he dashes right off. Filbert is always careful to avoid the neighborhood cat, but-Skip-leap! Hip-hop!-he has so much fun running up telephone poles and bouncing through the leaves, he forgets to look both ways when he gets to the street. That is, until a close encounter makes him think twice! With bouncing rhymes and cheery illustrations, this is the perfect picture book for any child in need of a little reminder to look both ways.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Filbert the squirrel is playing soccer with his friends when the ball rolls out into the street. Filbert runs after it, forgetting to look both ways. Later, Filbert's mother sends him on an errand to Granny's to bring back nuts for supper. He is careful to avoid the neighborhood cat, but again forgets to look both ways as he gets to the street. Fortunately for Filbert, he makes it safely to Granny's, she fills his sack with nuts and sends him home. This time, however, he is too much in a hurry to notice the cat, who leaps onto his tail. Filbert is able to escape, but does not see the stop sign as he reaches the corner, and runs out into traffic. With cars squealing, and horns blaring, Filbert ducks, darts, and slip-slides through traffic, losing all his nuts along the way. He makes it home safely, but has learned a valuable lesson. The next time he comes to the corner, he stops and looks both ways. Told in bouncy rhyme and accompanied by fun pen, ink, and watercolor drawings in bright autumn colors, this book successfully imparts an important safety message without being the least bit preachy. Kids will quickly fall in love with the jaunty Filbert in his bright red jacket and green beret and will be sure to easily learn from his mistakes. 2005, Bloomsbury Publishing, Ages 4 to 8.
—Pat Trattles
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-An appealing tale with an important message about safety. Filbert, an energetic gray squirrel wearing a red sweater and green beret, has several close calls because he forgets to look both ways before going into the street. After he survives a particularly harrowing dodge during which "Tires turn!/Rubber burns!" and "Fenders bend," he finally and tearfully gets the message. The fast pace and simple rhyme scheme of the narrative will quickly engage young readers. Rendered in ink and watercolor, the illustrations use warm autumn hues to depict adorable animal characters. The squirrels are clothed in quaint costumes that give a nostalgic tone to the pictures. Weidner does a good job of juxtaposing the enormity of the vehicles on the streets with the fragility of little Filbert. This story could be used both to entertain and to teach.-Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
If there is one thing every squirrel ought to have etched into its DNA by now, it's the wisdom of looking both ways. But Filbert is a high-octane young squirrel with his eye on the prize of the moment, be it a goal in soccer or going to Grandma's house for some acorns for dinner. This means he doesn't stop to consider the cat down the street or all those cars in the road-doesn't stop to "look . . . both . . . ways." By sheer luck, he makes it past the cat, the bikes and the cars enroute to Grandma's, but things go differently on the way back, as he barely evades the cat-"Thump! On a rooftop. / Squish! through a hole. / Wiggle-jiggle jump! / down a telephone pole"-before running afoul of traffic. With honking, screeching cars surrounding him, Filbert gets an object lesson in safety made palatable by Weidner's soft-toned pen, ink and watercolor art that often emphasizes Filbert's tiny size in the great big world. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582349688
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/06/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.12(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Diane Z. Shore is the author of Bus-a-Saurus Bop. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her family.

Jessica Alexander is a first-time author. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Teri Weidner grew up in Fairport, New York, and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. She has illustrated several books for children, including Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny by Jan Karon and Give Yourself to the Rain: Poems for the Very Young by Margaret Wise Brown. She lives with a menagerie of pets in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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