My Most Favorite Thing

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As reassuring as a well-loved toy, here's a story that speaks directly to children, showing how a grandparent and grandchild deal together with loneliness. When Grandpa's beloved dog, Billy, must stay at the hospital for an operation, Katie knows that he will miss his recovering companion. Much to Grandpa's surprise and pleasure, Katie lends him something from the heart to keep him company-her stuffed bunny, Rabbit, which is her most favorite ...
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Overview

As reassuring as a well-loved toy, here's a story that speaks directly to children, showing how a grandparent and grandchild deal together with loneliness. When Grandpa's beloved dog, Billy, must stay at the hospital for an operation, Katie knows that he will miss his recovering companion. Much to Grandpa's surprise and pleasure, Katie lends him something from the heart to keep him company-her stuffed bunny, Rabbit, which is her most favorite thing in the world.

Carol Thompson's expressive paintings and the pitch-perfect text convey a simple message of compassion and reveal a comforting secret: Nobody outgrows the need for something to hug at night.

Author Biography: Carol Thompson is the beloved illustrator of over forty-two books published here and abroad, including Oonga Boonga. Nicola Moon has written numerous books for young readers.

Katie lends her favorite stuffed bunny to her grandpa when his dog gets sick and has to stay at the pet hospital.

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Children's Literature
Katie's most favorite thing in the whole world is her old raggedy rabbit. The two of them are inseparable. Just like rabbit is Katie's favorite, she knows that her grandpa's most favorite thing in the whole world is his dog, Billy. They are inseparable, too. When Billy becomes ill and has to spend time away, Katie doesn't know any way to comfort grandpa besides leaving her most favorite thing in the world with him. She hopes rabbit will comfort him the same way he does for her. After two long days and nights Billy is better and Katie is reunited with rabbit. This is a great book for young children, which teaches the sometimes hard-to-comprehend value of sharing even when it is hard to do. 2000, Dutton Children's, $15.99. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Trina Heidt
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PreS-Gr 2-A happy-ever-after ending works in this satisfying intergenerational story. When his dog becomes ill and must go to the vet, Katie lends her grandfather her special stuffed rabbit for comfort. It is a big sacrifice for her, but she does it because she loves him and wants to help. Fortunately, Billy comes back from the vet healthy, and Rabbit returns to Katie, and everyone feels closer for the event. The realistic, cartoon-style art is soft and gentle like the story, and the two work well together to depict the action. This simply shown model of kindness offered and accepted is best suited for one-on-one sharing.-JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Young children are capable of boundless empathy, as this charming story illustrates. Like most children, Katie has a stuffed toy that she takes everywhere with her. Rabbit is "her most favorite thing in the world." Katie knows that her Grandpa's favorite thing is his dog, Billy. They do everything together. But one Saturday when Katie visits, Billy doesn't greet her at the door-he is sick and needs an operation. After a trip to the vet, Katie and Grandpa return to a house that is very empty without the loyal little dog. When it's time to go home, Katie gives Rabbit a big hug and then selflessly hands him to Grandpa so he won't be so lonely without Billy. While Katie has a tough weekend with several Rabbit substitutes, Grandpa's wait for his best friend is eased by snuggling Rabbit. Thompson's (Around the Day: Rhyme Time, not reviewed, etc.) touching watercolors set just the right tone for this tale of generosity and love, with warm colors and wonderfully expressive faces filling the pages. Moon (Penguins in the Fridge, 1996, etc.) has crafted a beautiful story celebrating all the love a young girl has to give. (Picture book.4 -8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525467809
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.84 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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