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What is a Snickeyfritz? Do you have one?

Based on a word invented by the author's Grampa, Snickeyfritz tells the tale of three little girls who are stuck inside the house on a rainy day. After complaining that they're bored, their Papa sends them on a clever little treasure hunt. Along the way the girls learn to entertain themselves by using...

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What is a Snickeyfritz? Do you have one?

Based on a word invented by the author's Grampa, Snickeyfritz tells the tale of three little girls who are stuck inside the house on a rainy day. After complaining that they're bored, their Papa sends them on a clever little treasure hunt. Along the way the girls learn to entertain themselves by using their imaginations as they search for the strange and mysterious items on the list.

Follow the girls on their pursuit and along the way discover your own Snickeyfritz.

Eclectic and rich images, produced from photographs of life-size dolls made out of masking tape and set in artistic environments, create an atmosphere that welcomes us into this cozy home on a rainy afternoon. By using a combination of nostalgic and contemporary language, this story helps connect the split generation of grandparent and grandchild and appeals to readers of all ages and all imaginations.

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Midwest Book Review
Based on a world invented by the author's grandfather, Snickeyfritz is a charming children's picturebook about three little girls cooped up in the house on a rainy day. In response to their protests of boredom, their father sends them on a treasure hunt. In the process, they learn to entertain themselves with the power of their imaginations, as they hunt for mysterious items on the list! Exactly what is a Snickeyfritz, anyway? Fanciful color illustrations created from photographs of life-sized dolls in artistic environments distinguish this remarkable adventure, perfect for parents and grandparents to share with children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615251776
  • Publisher: Wooden Nickel Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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"Jumpin' Jupiter! We are so completely bored!" cried three little girls named Piper, Pepper and Penelope, who were stuck inside the house on a rainy afternoon.

Little Penelope was wearing her bright red zubaz with her blonde hair made into curly cues all over her head.

Sitting next to her was Piper, the oldest, and she was dressed in her skorts and striped stockings.

Pepper, the knee baby, was wearing her favorite culottes, which accentuated her deep red hair.

Just in the nick of time, Papa Pumpernickelwalked through the door.
"Well kiddos, why don't I send you on a treasure hunt?"

"What is the treasure?" asked Penelope.

"It's a surprise," said Papa, "but I promise you little pixiedoodles, you won't be disappointed."
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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Snickeyfritz is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2009

    Stimulates the imagination

    Three little girls are stuck inside on a rainy afternoon. They're bored and don't know what to do, so Papa sends them on a treasure hunt to keep them busy. But the clues he gives them are obscure, and first they'll need to figure them out before they can find the objects he wants.

    Sprinkled liberally throughout the text are colorful descriptive phrases, highlighted in a glossary at the end of the story. Old-time gems like "nooks and crannies," "the cat's meow," and "fiddlesticks" may leave kids scratching their heads in wonder.

    The illustrations are photos of uniquely crafted, life-size dolls made of masking tape and paint. These dolls were then placed in the author's home, surrounded by artifacts and souvenirs acquired on her travels.

    Far better than just watching TV on a boring rainy day, Snickeyfritz stimulates the reader's imagination and presents a team effort in solving Papa's puzzle. Kids will find this a fun and enjoyable read.

    Reviewer: Alice Berger, Bergers Book Reviews

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