The story is not new, but Williams and Cushman have put together and engaging package. Gus and Ben have been great friends—they are practically inseparable. A new neighbor moves in and Ben makes an effort to get acquainted. Gus takes a different approach—he is quite upset to see his best friend spending so much time with Sam, who it turns out is a girl. Horror of horrors, how could Ben do this to him. Ben and Sam make a real effort to have Gus join in with whatever they are doing. Nothing seems to work. Then one day Gus ends up rescuing Sam—he is a hero and the duo becomes a trio for a very harmonious end to the story and the beginning of great friendships. The characters are animals who have all the characteristics of kids. Part of the "Read It! Readers" series and an orange level book. The note to parents and caregivers has tips to expand upon the material presented and ways to assist beginning readers.
Jacklyn Williams has published more than 20 books. When she is not writing, she is teaching others the craft. For the past 26 years, she has been an educator, teaching reading and language arts to at-risk middle schoolers. In 1992, Jacklyn received the Margaret Lynch Award. Each year, this award is given to one California educator as an acknowledgment of exemplary service in the promotion of literacy.
Jacklyn Williams has published more than 20 books. When she is not writing, she is teaching others the craft. She has been an educator for the past 26 years, teaching reading and language arts to at risk middle-schoolers.
In 1992, Jacklyn received the Margaret Lynch Award. Each year, this award is given to a single California educator acknowledging them for exemplary service in the promotion of literacy.
When Jacklyn is not writing, she spends her time reading, kayaking, and being the mother of a teen-aged daughter.
Doug Cushman has illustrated more than 100 children's books, 20 or so of which he has written. The inspirations of many stories have been born with a scribbled character in a sketch book or a café napkin.
Among Doug’s many honors, he has gained a place on the New York Times Children’s Best Sellers list and on the 2003 Children’s Literature Choice list. He has received a National Cartoonist’s Society Reuben award and a 2004 Christopher Award for his book illustrations.
Doug is a fan of mystery novels and enjoys cooking, eating, and absorbing French culture and inspiration, as well as a few extra kilos, in his new part-time home in Paris, France.