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Ned's New Home
     

Ned's New Home

5.0 2
by Kevin Tseng
 

When Ned's apple begins to rot, he must search for a new house.

A pear isn't quite right.

A watermelon isn't perfect either.

A pile of blueberries? All wrong!

Will any other fruit make Ned feel at home again?

Little ones will love this happy story about finding the perfect place to call home.

Overview

When Ned's apple begins to rot, he must search for a new house.

A pear isn't quite right.

A watermelon isn't perfect either.

A pile of blueberries? All wrong!

Will any other fruit make Ned feel at home again?

Little ones will love this happy story about finding the perfect place to call home.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The cartoon illustrations are filled with warm colors and comic touches. Endpapers depict the life cycle of the apple from seed to fruit and back to seed. This reassuring tale will be appreciated by the read-aloud crowd while also supplying a subtle lesson in ecology.—School Library Journal

Tseng’s debut picture book is full of tongue-in-cheek humor. His watercolors have just the right touch of whimsy—full of humor and expression yet at the same time simple enough for the youngest listeners. Ned is a worm that is sure to be welcomed into children’s homes, no matter what kind of material they might be made of.—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Apples and apple pies � Ned just loved both. That was until his apple home began to rot and drip apple juice. Finally, Ned had to find a new home, but it was not very easy. First Ned tried a pear, but it kept wobbling away. Next, Ned tried a watermelon, but it was too big. When Ned tried the blueberries, they just kept rolling away. The lemon was too sour, and Ned got lost in the green of the kiwi. Finally, Ned found a bunch of juicy red cherries. Each fruit Ned tried just was not the same as the apple he used to live in. He was not ready for the big adventure that would lead to his new home, but he did not give up. Ned's friends would enjoy his new home almost as much as he did. The colorful watercolor illustrations bring the text to life and small children will delight in the simple story about a worm! Reviewer: Debby Willett
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Ned is a good-natured worm that loves apple pie and the color red. For him, living in an apple is ideal, until the inevitable happens and his home begins to decompose. When the walls turn mushy, apple juice rains every day, and the bathtub begins to float, Ned knows it's time to search for a new abode. He tries out several different fruits: a pear is too wobbly, a lemon is too sour for his friends' tastes, and a pile of blueberries doesn't hold together. While perched in a bowl of cherries and busy designing a house, a bird lifts Ned—cherry and all—into the sky. Grasping an umbrella, he gentle glides down until he lands in a tree where he finds the perfect new home, an apple still on the branch. The cartoon illustrations are filled with warm colors and comic touches. Endpapers depict the life cycle of the apple from seed to fruit and back to seed. This reassuring tale will be appreciated by the read-aloud crowd while also supplying a subtle lesson in ecology.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Ned is a green worm who loves his apple home . . . until it starts to rot When the apple-juice rain finally floats his bathtub, he starts to search for another suitable fruit to call home. But a pear is too wobbly, a watermelon is too big and blueberries just roll away. His friends don't like the taste of his lemon tarts and can't find Ned in his kiwi home. Ned has plans for a cherry house, but those are abandoned after a bird carries off a cherry-with Ned on top! He escapes just in time and floats down to a tree full of the perfect housing material-apples, of course. Tseng's debut picture book is full of tongue-in-cheek humor. His watercolors have just the right touch of whimsy-full of humor and expression yet at the same time simple enough for the youngest listeners. Ned is a worm that is sure to be welcomed into children's homes, no matter what kind of material they might be made of. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582462974
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/11/2009
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Read an Excerpt

Ned loved apple pie,
and his favorite color had always been red,
so living in an apple was wonderful . . .

until the apple started to rot.
The walls turned to mush,
and apple juice rained every day.

When the bathtub began to float, Ned knew it was time to look for a new home.

First he found a pear. It was about the same size as his old house . . .
but the pear was too wobbly,
and Ned kept tumbling out.

Meet the Author

KEVIN TSENG (which rhymes with "sun") grew up in a town where there were thousands of oak trees, but only a few apple trees. When not telling stories about worms, Kevin designs stationery and other miscellany. This is his first picture book for children.

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Ned's New Home 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kids love this book and so do the children we've given it to as a gift. The illustrations are delightful and fun. Following Ned's journey from fruit to fruit to find a new home captivates attention and makes a trip through the produce section at the grocery store have new meaning. I bought several extra copies to give as birthday and Christmas gifts!
nixsmom More than 1 year ago
My son and I love this book! Not only is it engaging and fun for adults, kids enjoy identifying with Ned and guessing where his next trial home will be. It's become a game at my house that always ends in smiles and laughter. The illustrations are whimsical and clever, as is the storyline. Ned's New Home has quickly become a favorite story at my house, one that will be cherished for years to come. I can't wait to watch this author and see how high he will soar!