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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
Posted March 15, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 16, 2009
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.