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by Eve Bunting
     
 

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When Miss Goose announces that the library is going to close forever, Raccoon and his friends spring into action. Where will they get the help they need to save their beloved library? In books, of course!
This cheery tale from ever-popular author Eve Bunting shows how important libraries are to every community. Facing a dilemma that is all too common in our human

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When Miss Goose announces that the library is going to close forever, Raccoon and his friends spring into action. Where will they get the help they need to save their beloved library? In books, of course!
This cheery tale from ever-popular author Eve Bunting shows how important libraries are to every community. Facing a dilemma that is all too common in our human world today, the adorable animal denizens of Buttercup Meadow confront it with an inspiring blend of ingenuity, teamwork, and imagination.
Bright, playful illustrations enhance the light treatment of this serious subject, in a story that celebrates the value of books in everyone's lives.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
The life of the old library in the community is threatened. Raccoon and his friends use the resources in the library to help Miss Goose, the librarian, keep the library open. By reading some books, the friends of the library repair the roof and paint the building. Yet, another problem pops up; the funds to operate the library are very low. The friends use the library's resources again to find a solution to make money to keep the library open. Then, the friends are faced with an even bigger obstacle: the property that the library is on belongs to Weasel who wants to sell it. Will Raccoon and his friends be able to save the library once more or have they run out of resources? The colorful, bright, watercolor and acrylic illustrations capture the efforts of Raccoon and his friends as they plan for the library's survival. There are multiple themes in the story that may be used as springboards for class discussions. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

When Miss Goose informs the children that the library will have to close because it is in need of repair, Raccoon and his friends spring into action. The first thing they do is check out books (How to Lay a Perfect Roof and Library Painting for Beginners ), read them, and accomplish the necessary tasks. However, their problems are far from over. Now the library needs operating money and it has to be moved. Each time, the children turn first to books to guide them toward a solution, until at last the spruced-up library sits cozily in a meadow. The reasons this library is so important to everyone, from toddlers to senior citizens, are woven nicely into the plot. Bunting's style has a graceful simplicity, descriptive enough to be evocative without overwhelming: "On rainy days, we stay cozily inside. On sunny days, we lie in the shade of a big whispering oak tree and read." Smith's watercolor and acrylic illustrations are charming and should have most children longing to enter the buttercup-yellow library with the grass-green door. An excellent vehicle for discussing the importance of libraries, books, reading, and teamwork, this one is a winner.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
Bunting wastes no time getting started in this energetic story about a small-town library in jeapody. On the first page, a group of assorted woodland creatures are told by their librarian that the library needs too many repairs and must close. The enterprising animals decide to take out books on roof repairs and painting, and they get the library spiffed up in no time. Miss Goose (the librarian) is pleased, but says they still need more money to stay open, so after a few more books, they solve this problem-and others that crop up. The story's simple plot moves along, but the animals solve their problems so quickly that the tension dissapears before it has a chance to build. This might be comforting to younger readers, but a bit boring to older ones. No surprises here and not billed to be a future classic, but entertaining and useful, with Smith's lively watercolor-and-acrylic illustrations providing a happy, small-town context. Librarians will probably find it hard to pass up. (Picture book. 4-7)
From the Publisher
"When Miss Goose informs the children that the library will have to close because it is in need of repair, Raccoon and his friends spring into action. The first thing they do is check out books (How to Lay a Perfect Roof and Library Painting for Beginners), read them, and accomplish the necessary tasks. However, their problems are far from over. Now the library needs operating money and it has to be moved. Each time, the children turn first to books to guide them toward a solution, until at last the spruced-up library sits cozily in a meadow. The reasons this library is so important to everyone, from toddlers to senior citizens, are woven nicely into the plot. Bunting's style has a graceful simplicity, descriptive enough to be evocative without overwhelming: "On rainy days, we stay cozily inside. On sunny days, we lie in the shade of a big whispering oak tree and read." Smith's watercolor and acrylic illustrations are charming and should have most children longing to enter the buttercup-yellow library with the grass-green door. An excellent vehicle for discussing the importance of libraries, books, reading, and teamwork, this one is a winner."—School Library Journal

"Miss Goose, the librarian, tells her young patrons that the library is going to close forever because it's old. The animals, however, refuse to take that news without a fight. An old roof and shabby weatherboards? The animals find books that give them the know-how to proceed to lay a perfect roof and paint the outside. Although Miss Goose is thrilled, she now worries that it takes money to run a library. After reading about how to make money fast, the kids hold bake and candy sales. Almost thwarted by the next obstacle—-Goat owns the library land and wants it back—-the patrons realize they can move the building. Championing problem solving and showing that you can learn anything through reading, the message-heavy book may have more adult-appeal than kid-appeal. But the winsome illustrations and can-do spirit will find some fans."—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547533735
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/18/2008
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
24 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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From the Publisher
"When Miss Goose informs the children that the library will have to close because it is in need of repair, Raccoon and his friends spring into action.  The first thing they do is check out books (How to Lay a Perfect Roof and Library Painting for Beginners), read them, and accomplish the necessary tasks.  However, their problems are far from over.  Now the library needs operating money and it has to be moved.  Each time, the children turn first to books to guide them toward a solution, until at last the spruced-up library sits cozily in a meadow.  The reasons this library is so important to everyone, from toddlers to senior citizens, are woven nicely into the plot.  Bunting's style has a graceful simplicity, descriptive enough to be evocative without overwhelming:  "On rainy days, we stay cozily inside.  On sunny days, we lie in the shade of a big whispering oak tree and read."  Smith's watercolor and acrylic illustrations are charming and should have most children longing to enter the buttercup-yellow library with the grass-green door.  An excellent vehicle for discussing the importance of libraries, books, reading, and teamwork, this one is a winner."—School Library Journal "Miss Goose, the librarian, tells her young patrons that the library is going to close forever because it's old.  The animals, however, refuse to take that news without a fight.  An old roof and shabby weatherboards?  The animals find books that give them the know-how to proceed to lay a perfect roof and paint the outside.  Although Miss Goose is thrilled, she now worries that it takes money to run a library.  After reading about how to make money fast, the kids hold bake and candy sales.  Almost thwarted by the next obstacle—-Goat owns the library land and wants it back—-the patrons realize they can move the building.  Championing problem solving and showing that you can learn anything through reading, the message-heavy book may have more adult-appeal than kid-appeal.  But the winsome illustrations and can-do spirit will find some fans."—Booklist

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

Maggie Smith has illustrated many picture books, some of which she also wrote. My Blue Bunny, Bubbit is the first book she written as well as illustrated for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. An accomplished sewist and owner of the Etsy shop Maggierama, she lives in Seattle, Washington. Please visit her at www.maggiebooks.com.

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Our Library 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a charming way, this book explains the value of books and libraries and what we each need to do to make sure they are there in the future for others.
ZariasMom More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from the library and had to purchase it because my 2 1/2 year old daughter wants to read it every day! It is a story that I think she will like for many more years. This story is funny but yet tackles real life issues and demonstrates that research, problem solving & a bit of quick thinking can allow you to accomplish what some may find impossible. Anyone who purchases this book would not be dissapointed!