Seymour and Opal

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Illustrated in full color. Siblings Seymour and Opal get along pretty well—until the day Seymour starts charging Opal five cents every time she passes through his room into hers. When Opal runs out of nickels, she decides to teach her brother a lesson—and before she's through, Seymour realizes that his sister is worth more to him than a whole piggy bank full of change. In the tradition of the best books about childhood challenges, Nicole Jussek's charming storytelling and Ana Lopéz Escrivá's adorable bunny-rabbit...
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Escriva, Ana Lopez New York, NY, U.S.A. 1996 Hard Cover First Edition New in New jacket 8vo-over 7?"-9?" tall. 1st Ed., 1st Printing, HB/DJ, new, unpaginated, hard glossy boards ... with illustration on front with matching DJ. Sibling rivalry is a common theme in children's stories, but here's a picture book that is candid about the hidden family power play. Opal has to pass through Seymour's room to get to her own, and one day, he decides to charge a toll. He warns her not to tell Mother and Father. Every time she goes into her room, she has to give Seymour a nickel, until her piggy bank is empty, and she can't go through his room anymore. Then there's a most satisfying reversal. Ages 4-8. Read more Show Less

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Illustrated in full color. Siblings Seymour and Opal get along pretty well—until the day Seymour starts charging Opal five cents every time she passes through his room into hers. When Opal runs out of nickels, she decides to teach her brother a lesson—and before she's through, Seymour realizes that his sister is worth more to him than a whole piggy bank full of change. In the tradition of the best books about childhood challenges, Nicole Jussek's charming storytelling and Ana Lopéz Escrivá's adorable bunny-rabbit characters provide just the right mixture of humor and reality to show that it's more fun to be friends than foes.

Every time his sister Opal passes through his room to get to her own, Seymour charges her a toll; but Opal eventually teaches him a lesson.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Seymour, a brown bunny, and Opal, his white-furred sister, lived in a human-style house. To reach her room, Opal must walk through her brother's domain, and Seymour discovers a way to capitalize on Opal's need. He installs a tollgate to his doorway and charges Opal a nickel each time she passes "Seymour never forgot, and he grew very wealthy". Opal, ever-patient, finally extracts vengeance on a rainy day when Seymour is bored. He wants to play, but she's too busy; he offers her two nickels for the privilege, but she, politely declining, holds out until he revokes the toll. Lpez Escriv's understated pencil-and-watercolor illustrations reflect the tale's quiet tension as well as its idiosyncrasies. The rabbits-akin to Mitra Modarressi's human characters-have egg-shaped heads, petite facial features and slender arms and legs; their home boasts a gently clashing array of checkerboard linoleum, scattered toys and delicately patterned wallpaper. Jussek shows how the rabbit siblings finally reach a compromise without coming to blows or screaming for their parents; hers is a useful and non-didactic story about not burning one's tollbridges. Ages 3-7. Nov.
Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
Seymour and Opal are brother and sister, and usually they are friends. But one day Seymour decides to charge Opal a nickel every time she passes through his room (which she has to do to get to her room). By the time her piggy bank is empty, Opal isn't so sure she wants to be friends with her brother. She plays by herself, and after awhile, Seymour realizes it's not so much fun playing alone. "I'll give you a nickel if you let me play," Seymour says to Opal. She refuses. An increasingly desperate Seymour decides to let her pass through his room for free and lets her borrow his walkie-talkie. This is a nice story about siblings who decide it is better to be friends.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Seymour and Opal has real `90s appeal with its jazzy watercolor-and-pencil stylized cartoons featuring a not-too-neat house with lots going on. Though bossy Seymour charges his sister a nickel toll to pass through his room to get to hers, Opal is a more contented child even when her piggy bank has been emptied by the payments. Her imaginative games and inner strength bring her happiness. Seymour and Rosemary Wells's Ruby, Max's older sister, are characters of the same fur rabbits who rely on the word "Because" to rule their siblings. In both cases, the tables are turned and the irrepressible kids come out the winners. This gentle story of getting along with others will be a hit because these characters are so true to life.-Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
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Seymour and Opal are brother-and-sister rabbits who have adjoining rooms; in fact, Opal must pass through Seymour's room to get to her own. All is fine until Seymour decides to charge a nickel each time Opal wants to go into her room. Opal meekly pays up until one rainy day when Seymour, with nothing to do, begs Opal to play with him. Then she is able to bargain for something she wants, but readers aren't likely to feel that justice has been served, since the ownership of the nickels isn't resolved and the only sign of give-and-take is more like "taking advantage." The story is mildly amusing, the pictures very sweet and funny, but Opal's largely passive reaction to Seymour's extortion is puzzling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679867227
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.78 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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