Peanut and Pearl's Picnic Adventure (My First I Can Read Series)


Peanut and Pearl have everything they need for a picnic . . . except each other!

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Peanut and Pearl have everything they need for a picnic . . . except each other!

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“A clear little story of minimal words and bright, upbeat characters.”
Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
Peanut and Pearl (two dogs, I think) are friends who go out for a picnic together. Peanut packs a lunch. He packs corn cakes. Pearl packs a lunch. She packs plum pie. They get separated, and each thinks the other is lost. Peanut eats his corn cakes, then takes a nap; Pearl eats the plum pie, then looks for Peanut. She looks in a few places before she finds him. They are happy to find each other and decide that for their next picnic, they should bring maps. While not the most exciting of books, this will be good for beginning readers since there are plenty of short, easy-to-sound-out words. The illustrations are fine and go along well with the book, although they are not all that interesting, either. This book will be popular with the youngest of readers, and their long-suffering parents will just have to put up with it.
Kirkus Reviews
Peanut and Pearl, next-door neighbors and best friends, decide to go on a picnic together. Peanut packs a passel of corn cakes, and Pearl brings a plum pie. When both critters-and, since these are mammals of unreported species, we can only call them that-lead the way in opposite directions, both end up lost. While easygoing Peanut relaxes with his picnic fare, vigilant Pearl looks for her lost buddy, behind the smallest tree, behind the biggest tree and finally by the lake, where she finds Peanut wiping sleep out of his eyes. With very predictable plot and vocabulary, readable font and a humorous situation, Dotlich's latest is just what new readers need to build their confidence. Alley's comical illustrations add to the text, helping the new reader figure out any challenging words. An excellent addition to the classic I Can Read series, this is one that will be read over and over. (Easy reader. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060549220
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Series: My First I Can Read Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 631,272
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Poet and picture book author Rebecca Kai Dotlich has written several children's books, including Grandpa Loves, illustrated by Kathryn Brown; Over in the Pink House: New Jump-Rope Rhymes, illustrated by Melanie Hall; and What is Science?, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. This is her first title in the I Can Read Book line. She lives in Indiana.

R. W. Alley has illustrated a number of books featuring Paddington Bear, including the picture books Paddington and Paddington and the Christmas Surprise and the novel Paddington Here and Now. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with his wife and two children.

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