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Ruby's Perfect Day (I Can Read Book 1 Series)

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A lesson in being content.
Ruby’s plans for a perfect day with friends ends up more special than she could have imagined!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The message that I came away with was that it is perfectly okay to spend a day by oneself and have a perfectly enjoyable time. Ruby wakes up and asks a friend to join her for breakfast, but Fiona Fox is too busy. Later when she asks Dan Duck to play checkers, he also is too busy. Ruby enjoys playing with the leaves and then decides that it might be great fun to roll down the hill. She extends an invitation to Bunny to join her, but again, he is much too busy, so she does it herself. While working in her garden that afternoon, Ruby reflects on what a wonderful day she has had—all by herself. Ruby is pictured as a loveable and friendly raccoon, so it is easy to accept that this cheerful creature did indeed have a perfectly lovely day. A Level 1 book in the "I Can Read!" series.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-A young raccoon wakes up in the morning and says, "This is a perfect day." First Ruby thinks about a perfect breakfast with her friend Fiona Fox, but Fiona is too busy. Ruby makes enough breakfast for two, eats it, and then heads outside. She decides that the day is perfect for playing checkers, but Dan Duck is too busy. Ruby plays by herself, using leaves to make a checkerboard. Bunny Rabbit is too busy to join her, but that doesn't stop Ruby from enjoying rolling down the hill. The last page shows a happy raccoon back home, lying on the grass and thinking, "A perfect day for being all by myself!" This level-one book is perfect for beginning readers. A simple plot and good sentence structure provide repetition without being simplistic, and Ruby is indeed appealing. Children will be excited about real sentences and, at the same time, will feel proud of their reading skills. A nice plus is the idea that you can have a wonderful time all by yourself.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Charming little Ruby Raccoon returns for her third adventure for newly independent readers, illustrated with delightful watercolors of Ruby's forest home and surrounding meadows. In this offering, Ruby tries hard to have an absolutely perfect day, inviting her friends to join her for breakfast and in playing outside. When each of Ruby's friends in turn is too busy to share in her activities, she discovers that she can have a good time all by herself, and she spends the rest of her perfect day cultivating her own garden. Though Ruby's previous adventures involving her group of assorted animal friends have a little more pizzazz than this quietly thoughtful tale, Ruby is still a charmer with a delightful world of her own, and the theme of satisfied solitude is an unusual one for this genre. (Easy reader. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310720249
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Series: Zonderkidz I Can Read Book 1 Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 847,892
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Hill has written three Ruby Raccoon stories, including Ruby Bakes a Cake, Ruby Paints a Picture, and Ruby's Perfect Day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters.

Margie Moore has illustrated Stephanie S. Tolan's Bartholomew's Blessing. She and her family live on the New Jersey Shore.

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