Muriel's Red Sweater

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Muriel the duck pulls on her favorite red sweater and hurries all over town to deliver invitations to her birthday party. She's so busy she never notices the funny things happening around her...like the fact that her sweater is shrinking...and what's that trailing after her? By the time she returns home, her sweater has disappeared, and all her friends have found good uses for nice bright red yarn!

Luckily, the daffy duck's friends arrive just in time with the perfect gift-a ...

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Overview

Muriel the duck pulls on her favorite red sweater and hurries all over town to deliver invitations to her birthday party. She's so busy she never notices the funny things happening around her...like the fact that her sweater is shrinking...and what's that trailing after her? By the time she returns home, her sweater has disappeared, and all her friends have found good uses for nice bright red yarn!

Luckily, the daffy duck's friends arrive just in time with the perfect gift-a new sweater! This deliciously illustrated charmer will entrance sharp-eyed young readers with clever details and fun, tonguein- cheek humor.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-K

It is Muriel's birthday and she hasn't mailed her party invitations yet, so she decides to deliver them to all her animal friends. As the endearing duck leaves her house, she doesn't realize that the bottom of her red sweater snags on a nail in her door. As she moves throughout the neighborhood, her sweater is unraveling. The strand of yarn finds many good uses. Fox jumps rope with it. Rabbit replaces a broken shoelace. Others use it for a kite string, a balloon string, baling string for a stack of logs, a leash for a frog, and a ribbon on a gift. Readers see all the animals preparing for a party as Muriel returns home. She realizes that she is quite cold and wonders what happened to her garment. Party guests begin arriving and she's soon distracted as the celebration begins. Her friends present her with a gift wrapped with a red yarn bow. It's a new blue sweater. The bright and cheerful illustrations are uncluttered and include many small details for youngsters to observe. Stories where children know what's going on, while the character does not, are always popular. This is a funny example of just such a story.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Dokas provides a mystery for the youngest set to unravel. Today is Muriel's birthday. As the duck walks around town delivering invitations to her party, her red sweater slowly disappears. Sharp-eyed children will notice that all of Muriel's friends are aquiring things they need-Beaver, some rope to tie his logs together; Rabbit, some shoelaces; Squirrel, a jump rope; Owl, a kite string; Hedgehog, a balloon string; Otter, a leash for his pet frog-all in the nicest shade of red. In the end, Muriel gets exactly what she needs, in a package tied with red string, this time in a fetching shade of blue. Repeated readings will allow children to search for the gift accouterments that each friend contributes. The text is separated into two sections-a yellow, highlighted box features brief narration, while the dialogue is in a larger font directly on the page. Young children will easily identify with Pons's anthropomorphized animals. Her lively watercolors make it easy for even the youngest children to seek and find the hidden details. A pleasure for honing observation skills. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525479628
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/5/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Muriel's Red Sweater is Dara Sanders Dokas's first book. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Bernadette Pons is the illustrator of many books for young children. She lives in Paris, France.

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