Missing: One Stuffed Rabbit

Missing: One Stuffed Rabbit

by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
     
 

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On Friday, Mrs. Robin's second-grade class waits anxiously for the announcement. Who will be chosen to take Coco, the stuffed rabbit and class pet, home for the entire weekend? When Janine is picked for the honor, she can't help thinking about all the fun she'll have. Then the unthinkable happens: Janine leaves Coco at the mall! Full color. 32 pp. Ages 5-8. Pub: 3/98.

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On Friday, Mrs. Robin's second-grade class waits anxiously for the announcement. Who will be chosen to take Coco, the stuffed rabbit and class pet, home for the entire weekend? When Janine is picked for the honor, she can't help thinking about all the fun she'll have. Then the unthinkable happens: Janine leaves Coco at the mall! Full color. 32 pp. Ages 5-8. Pub: 3/98.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shalini Murthy
Coco the stuffed rabbit is a much loved and sought after class pet in Janine's second grade class. Janine is excited when she gets picked to be Coco's caretaker for one weekend. Imagine Janine's despair when Coco gets lost in the mall during a shopping trip with Janine's family! The following Monday Janine tearfully narrates what happened to Coco to her class, and plans are made to search for Coco. Coco eventually ends up mistakenly given to a little girl with a broken leg as part of a toy distribution at a local hospital. This endearing book with its lively and colorful illustrations is sure to be a hit with children and also touch a chord in the hearts of adult readers as well. Within a classroom setting this book can stimulate various writing activities, such as letters, while poster-maker activities to help Janine's class find Coco can stimulate creativity with words and art.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Mrs. Robin's second grade class pet, Coco, a stuffed rabbit, has a journal. A drawing is held each day to see who Coco will go home with, and this time the lucky winner is Janine, who will be able to keep the toy for the whole weekend. She is also the one who will get to contribute Coco's journal entry, written from his point of view. Janine takes Coco everywhere with her, and even reads him a bedtime story. But the next day, when she sits down to lunch with her family after a long day at the mall, she realizes that the toy is lost and must face her classmates without him on Monday. The children all pitch in to find him, and eventually they dojust as he is being given to a child at a local hospital. The class decides that the girl needs Coco more than they do, and Janine writes his final journal entry about his new home and new name. Bold, colorful gouache and colored-pencil illustrations, some of which are framed in a notebooklike print, are appealing, as is the totally satisfying conclusion.DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807551622
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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