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Oh, Little Jack

Oh, Little Jack

by Lilian Moore, Inga Moore (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though not as innovative as Moore's Six-Dinner Sid , this is a fetching story by an accomplished raconteur. With his cottontail protruding from his overalls--and wearing a spiffy pair of turquoise shoes--a young rabbit tries his hardest to help his mother pull onions out of the ground, sweep up the falling leaves for his father, fly his big brother's kite and ride in his older sister's go-cart. But each of his (somewhat repetitive) attempts proves futile, and Little Jack is repeatedly told that he is ``too small'' to take part in these activities. When he complains to his grandfather, the kind man reveals something ``he had been fixing''--a red tricycle that Little Jack is ``just the right size'' to ride. Kids who are the youngest in their families will identify with Little Jack's frustration and be cheered by the story's outcome. The golden colors of autumn dominate Moore's heartwarming pictures of this genial rabbit clan. With their soothing pastels and soft focus, they lend a timeless feel to this beguiling yarn. Ages 3-up. (May)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- Little Jack Rabbit wants to do the things the other members of his family are doing, such as pulling up onions or riding in a go-cart. In each case, the refrain is the same--`` `Oh, Little Jack,'. . . `I think you are too small . . . .' '' Finally, Grandpa saves the day with a tricycle that is just Jack's size and a knee that only he can sit on. This trite story has none of the elegant spareness of language of Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942) or the immediacy of Ann Scott's Sam (McGraw-Hill, 1967). The text is a bit wordy for children in this situation, and the words seem to get in the way of the lush, double-paged illustrations. Moore has drawn an engaging rabbit family, but her tale is by no means a standout. --JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA

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Candlewick Press
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Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.82(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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