Sir Cassie to the Rescue

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Cassie has just read a story about a knight rescuing a damsel in distress. Now she wants to play. She becomes Sir Cassie, but no one wants to be the damsel. Even her baby sister Amanda refuses to cooperate. Sir Cassie is resourceful, though, and everyone does get involved in the game, even Towser, the dog, who makes an amazing dragon. And the queen serves up a royal feast!

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Overview

Cassie has just read a story about a knight rescuing a damsel in distress. Now she wants to play. She becomes Sir Cassie, but no one wants to be the damsel. Even her baby sister Amanda refuses to cooperate. Sir Cassie is resourceful, though, and everyone does get involved in the game, even Towser, the dog, who makes an amazing dragon. And the queen serves up a royal feast!

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Children's Literature
Here is a noble tribute to the power of books to stir the imagination of youngsters at play. Inspired by a tale of the days of knighthood, Cassie invites her brother Trevor to join her in playing "knights." Since both want to be knights, arguments about who should win bring "the queen" (their mother) to protest and baby sister Amanda to be the damsel in distress. Cassie and Trevor build castles and take turns being the good knight with Towser the dog as the dragon until "the queen" announces that it's time for "the feast" (dinner). Afterwards they clean up castle and dragon cave. Cassie begins to read a new book about pirates and the next adventure of our strong female character has clearly begun. This land between make-believe and reality is visualized in a mix of lots of ordinary objects like toys and furniture with the inventions of childhood. Patkau employs cut plain and patterned papers to build characters and costumes, then organizes them in space to enhance the somewhat frantic pace of the play. The pictures show that a good storybook can keep imaginative readers happily involved all day. 2003, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 4 to 8.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-After reading a story about a brave knight, a brother and sister build a castle in the living room. Cassie wants to be the good knight, but Trevor is unwilling to be the damsel. He finally agrees to be a fierce dragon, but the two argue again when he refuses to be slain. When the baby wakes up from her nap, she joins in the fun, along with the family dog. After a feast prepared by the queen (their mother), the children clean up and Cassie settles down to read another book. The last page shows her dressed as a pirate and ready for action. The vibrant, digital-collage artwork captures the fun of dressing up and playacting. In most illustrations, the children are seen playing in their living room, with the block castle in the background. However, in a few pictures, they appear to be in a real castle, and their mother is always shown wearing a crown and stately robes, which might confuse some readers. Still, this is an appealing look at the resourcefulness of children and the relationship between siblings.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551432434
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Smith loved Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books when she was growing up on the prairies, and regularly pretended that she was a pioneer. Linda's published titles include Windshifter, Sea Change, The Turning Time, Sir Cassie to the Rescue, The Minstrel's Daughter, Talisa's Song, The Weathermage, Kelly's Cabin, and The Broken Thread.

Author, illustrator, designer and visual artist, Karen Patkau has illustrated more than a dozen picture books for children with her distinctive art. She received the Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Medal for Don't Eat Spiders, and One Watermelon Seed appeared on the Bank Street Books Best Children's Books list.

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“You be the damsel,” Trevor said.

“No way,” Cassie said. “It’s my idea. You have to be the damsel.”

“Then I won’t play,” Trevor said.

Cassie thought for a minute. Then she said, “All right. You can be a dragon. Dragons are big and fierce. They roar a lot and breathe fire.”

“All right,” Trevor said.

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