Rudi's Pond

Rudi's Pond

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by Eve Bunting
     
 

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The young narrator's best friend, Rudi, is very sick, and it's hard for her to understand. When Rudi dies, the narrator and the other children in school help to build a pond by the big knobby oak to remember him by. A hummingbird feeder that Rudi made hangs by the pond, and one day a special hummingbird comes to visit. . . . Based on a true story, Rudi's Pond is

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The young narrator's best friend, Rudi, is very sick, and it's hard for her to understand. When Rudi dies, the narrator and the other children in school help to build a pond by the big knobby oak to remember him by. A hummingbird feeder that Rudi made hangs by the pond, and one day a special hummingbird comes to visit. . . . Based on a true story, Rudi's Pond is an insightful book that will help young readers to deal with loss. Once again author Eve Bunting and illustrator Ronald Himler have combined their talents to create a memorable picture book.

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Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Bunting and Himler continue their collaboration on picture storybooks which deal with deep human emotional experiences, in this case a child's death and his best friend's mourning. Rudi and a girl revealed only as "I" share a friendship, painting a garden gate with yellow tulips and making a hummingbird feeder together. But Rudi is often sick and when he dies, his friend grieves with her parents. At school, she and her classmates make something lasting to remember Rudi, a book of poems and a pond at which the girl hangs a hummingbird feeder. As a hummingbird comes each day to her window at school, she remembers her friend and the text skirts the idea that the hummingbird is a message, "the strangest thought, but I knew it couldn't be true. Probably the hummingbird came to see itself in the glass." Parents and the teacher sensitively help children react to a classmate's death and provide some comfort in talking and doing something constructive. But the limp ending in which she takes the feeder home for the summer in case the hummingbird might "remember" leaves the reader vaguely hopeful--but of what? Perhaps nature and time help heal. The jacket copy states that the story was inspired by a true story but is unclear what is true, the child's death or the strange visit from a hummingbird. Himler's watercolors are perfectly suited to the text, suggesting rather than detailing faces and action, but depicting the ruby-throated hummingbird clearly and magically hanging in the air to remind the girl of her friend.
School Library Journal
A group of school children respond to the illness and death of the narrator's best friend, Rudi, by helping to build a pond in his memory. Based on a true story. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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"A gently told story of friendship, loss, and hope." --SLJ

School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618486045
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
303,617
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.11(d)
Lexile:
AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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"A gently told story of friendship, loss, and hope."—SLJ

School Library Journal

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.

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Rudi's Pond 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whatch jumps 20 into air summersaults then dives into pond and comes up and jpdoes a double backflip
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gtg night
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh nothing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*swims around*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago