Noisy Nora

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It's tough being the middle mouse. No one's paying any attention to Nora, so she decides to do something her family can't ignore: make noise. Nora slams windows, bangs doors, and upsets furniture, to no avail. It's not until she crashes out the door—and the house goes strangely silent—that her family realizes: a noisy Nora is much better than no Nora at all. "A wonderful story." —Booklist

Feeling neglected, Nora makes more and more...

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It's tough being the middle mouse. No one's paying any attention to Nora, so she decides to do something her family can't ignore: make noise. Nora slams windows, bangs doors, and upsets furniture, to no avail. It's not until she crashes out the door—and the house goes strangely silent—that her family realizes: a noisy Nora is much better than no Nora at all. "A wonderful story." —Booklist

Feeling neglected, Nora makes more and more noise to attract her parents' attention.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Many fans will welcome the re-birth of Rosemary Wells' classic story Noisy Nora. The book is now in a larger size and has all new full color illustrations to tell the story of a middle child who refuses to be ignored!
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1All new illustrations infuse this much-loved picture book (Dial, 1973) with energy. Vibrant colors and a larger format make the characters seem to jump out at readers. The original book's sweet, subdued pen-and-ink drawings were a mere appetizer when compared to the feast of colors here, all created from a combination of watercolor, India ink, gouache, pencil, and acrylics. Keeping each scene in a nearly framed vignette, Wells defines and details her illustrations even more than before. The eye-catching drawings and altered word groupings make the story flow better; words and pictures enhance one another to achieve the smooth narrative so necessary for storytelling. Some other differences between new and old: father has given up his pipe; kitchen knives aren't left on the table; and some architectural changes have placed the stair banister on the correct side so Nora won't topple off the side while flying her brother's kite. Nora, the delightful protagonist of the story, is the same; her dilemma hasn't changed one iota. This middle child who continually makes noise to get her parents' attention is really noticed when the silence from her absence saddens her family and starts them hunting for her. This is a Nora for the `90s!Susan Garland, Maynard Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140567281
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 80,641
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    great for the "child in the middle"

    this is one of the greatest kids books every written. the middle child feels left out and tends to get in "trouble". the reality is this child is very much loved!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    great for a young sibling with a new baby, especially a middle child

    Have bought it multiple times over the years as a gift for the new big sister
    a classic

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

    Great lesson for adults, too...

    Noisy Nora utilizes negative attention-getters in an effort to be noticed by her family. It just reminds us that attention is attention whether generated positively or negatively. Lesson for grown-ups? Notice your kids all the times when they are being good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    Noisy Nora

    ISBN 0803718357 - It's been a while since I've reviewed a kids' book that needed a note for certain parents with certain child-raising ideas. If you're one of them, you'll want to pass up this book - Nora's sister calls her 'dumb' twice and Nora's behavior is... well, bad. If, however, you're able to overlook that, or just don't care about it, and want to get your child into books, this is one that I guarantee they'll love to have read to them. Nora's parents are spending all of their time with Jack, the baby, and their sister Kate. Nora feels neglected and makes noise, hoping to get their attention, but all she gets is shushed. She finally does get it - by announcing that she's leaving! They worry and look for her until she reappears again, quite noisily. Other than the 'dumb' comments, some parents might find Nora's behavior bad enough to keep them from getting this book for their child. She slams the door, knocks over the lamp and flies a kite in the house. Personally, she's a mouse, I never expected my child to take his behavioral cues from rodents and he didn't if you think yours might, then you need to find another book. Those exceptions out of the way, I think this book is adorable. If, at first glance, you think Nora resembles Max, she should - they have the same mother. Author and illustrator Rosemary Wells, mom of Max and Ruby and Nora, seems to understand what will work for children and laughing, something Nora will make them do, is a surefire way to get them to come back again and again. The illustrations are great, Nora is just hilarious in her frustrated efforts to get attention and there's the chance for a parent to talk to their own child about the RIGHT way to get attention - once everyone's stopped laughing at Nora. Parents with a new baby in the house might find that aspect particularly appealing because a new baby's arrival is certainly a time when an older sibling might feel ignored. - AnnaLovesBooks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2002

    My first grade Reading Recovery students love this book.

    This is very funny book that first graders will relate to easily. They will love the pictures and the extent that Nora goes to get her parents attention. It can be read easily by the middle to end of year first grade student. I love sharing this book with my students.

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