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Children's LiteratureAuthor and illustrator are well paired in this amusing, well-written tale: It offers a successful opportunity for students reading at a grade 1 level. This book comes from the "Green Light Reader" series. The plot centers on good friends Herbert Hippo and Tess Tiger and their picnic excursion. As it happens, Herbert has packed a remarkably good lunch for them to share when they arrive at the pond. Tess tells Herbert right away that she is providing four "very important things": an umbrella, a fan, a sack of little stones, and a whistle. In this comical story, all of her objects are needed just as much as Herbert's large lunch. Pages are filled with three to four lines of text created from short, easy-to-read sentences. The story allows readers to think in a chronological sequence and it is easy to recall events. Two activities are added at the end of the text. One tells youngsters how to make and share a book and the other explains how to make a nutritional snack. Both are simply written and contain photo clues. Whimsical illustrations are rendered in colored pencil and colored ink. Add this book and others from the series to classrooms with young and emerging readers. 2006 (orig. 2003), First Green Light Readers/Harcourt, Ages 5 to 7.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury