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Posted June 9, 2012
Rathbone the rat is “a terrible scat”, traveling the streets of Paris, looking for tasty treats to eat! This Animalations book, “Rathbone the Rat”, tells the story of Rathbone, who is always looking for food to snatch and eat. This book is beautifully illustrated and has French rhythmic music that children will love to sing along to, but the book has a message as well. When Rathbone realizes that by taking food from one restaurant, he made many people sad. This caused him to have a change of heart, by collecting food and giving it back to the restaurant. Even though Rathbone loves to take food that does not belong to him, he learns on that occasion that it is better to give than to receive. This is a great book, where the artwork, the music and the message make a dynamic trio!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 1, 2012
The townspeople have no tolerance for Rathbone the Rat! He creates quite a stir by stealing even the finest of gourmet foods from people, just so he can indulge. When he ruins a party held by the townspeople by stealing the food, he tricks the town cat Catalina' into thinking he's out to make up for the poor choice he's made. Little does Catalina know that Rathbone has another plan in the works.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 15, 2012
This book is successful in many of its goals and deserves praise. The music and lyrics are catchy, which is not always the case with other children’s books. The great accomplishment of this book is that the author manages to convey a positive message by using a negative example. Rathbone the Rat is a “terrible scat” (perhaps ‘scat’ is a bit TOO negative) - a bad example that children should not follow. A wonderful lesson from this book (whether it is intentional or unintentional I cannot tell) is that people who do bad things like Rathbone are not always caught, punished, or even remorseful for the bad things that they do. We have the responsibility not to be like Rathbone, and if so we can enjoy a much higher standard of living.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2012
A Funny Tale of Rat Redeemption!
Rathbone is a terrible scat, who hides in the subway and grocery stores waiting for a chance to steal food. Then, he goes too far one day and spoils an event for the whole town by eating all of the celebration food.
Children will enjoy learning how Rathbone redeems himself. They’ll also love the catchy content and colorful graphics!
Posted May 11, 2012
Rathbone the Rat travels the streets and subways of France. He’s consumed by the treats he can fine. “Rathbone the Rat, you’re a terrible scat.” Rathbone goes about his business not really disrupting anything, until he takes food that was meant for a large function. The silver platters were brought out to the people at the party and they were empty. Oh, no! Now, Rathbone the Rat feels bad about what he’s done. Thankfully, he has some friends that are willing to help him fix the situation. They go about town gathering things from other people who are willing to help, and they make a mends with the people at the dinner. Rathbone’s learned that he has to be careful about the treats he finds. They may just be for someone else.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2012
Readers won't like Rathbone the rat at first- he's selfish, sneaky and greedy. He roams the streets of Paris, gorging on big buffets and then bragging about it to his friends. When he goes too far and eat all the treats in a great big feast, he decided to makes amends and shows just how kind he can be. Of course, he is still quite the scat, but at least he knows how to be kind too. A great lesson in sharing for children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What a great story to teach children that selfishness can hurt those around them. Rathbone the Rat scurries around town eating all the food he wishes. He doesn’t even consider that the food could be for anyone else, until he eats all the food for the party. The guests end up with nothing to eat and finally Rathbone realizes that his selfish behavior has caused real problems. With the help of Catalina the Cat he is able to make amends for his actions – teaching children that it is possible to turn a bad situation into a good one. I love that this book tells kiddos that they can fix a mistake!
This book, along with all of the other Patricia Derrick books, introduces a wonderful array of “big” words for the kids to learn. Rathbone uses ‘scrumptious’, ‘delectable’,
and ‘gourmet buffet’, in the story telling, as well as ‘La Boheme’ utilized in the artwork. Fabulous! She also uses a song for each story that helps the kids memorize the tagline – if not the entire story. My kids are advanced in school now because I have used these exact same techniques when teaching them. We watched this on youtube but I definitely want the hardcopy for my granddaughter.
Posted April 26, 2012
Rathbone is a silly character but very fun for kids to watch. I like that he and the cat become comrades. I’m not sure if it will teach your kids the dangers of overindulgence, but it’s definitely entertaining. The song is fun for kids to follow, and the illustrations are very well done.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.