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Tumble headlong into the clumsy world of Sam and Nelly. Trouble may follow these two, but they sure know how to have fun.

Two clumsy bears join in fishing fun at the river.

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Tumble headlong into the clumsy world of Sam and Nelly. Trouble may follow these two, but they sure know how to have fun.

Two clumsy bears join in fishing fun at the river.

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Children's Literature
In this Green Light Reader published in collaboration with Harcourt School Publishers, two playful bears named Nelly and Sam wake up from a nap. They run out of their cave and down to the river to join other bears catching fish. The other bears are not happy to see Nelly and Sam. "What kind of mess will they make this time?" This time, clumsy Nelly slips on a wet rock. Sam follows behind and a brief period of chaos ensues. After a little growling, the other bears forgive Nelly and Sam. They spend the day all together, chasing fish that enjoy racing away. The bears have so much fun; they forget they are hungry and go home to their caves for a nice long nap. The illustrations of cuddly, cute bears are cheerful and colorful. The word choice and sentence length are appropriate for grades one and two. If only the story line were more logical. Why would bears have more fun chasing fish than eating them? Why would the bears be happy to go home hungry? Is this really an improvement over old-fashioned Dick and Jane? 2001, Harcourt, $10.95 and $3.99. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer: Jackie Hechtkopf
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Two serviceable easy-readers. Marco's Run features an African-American boy who is jogging through a city park. As he moves faster and faster, he imagines himself to be various swift animals, such as a rabbit, a bobcat, and a cheetah. Splash introduces two clumsy bears that have fun playing in a fish-filled river. Both books have short sentences, simple vocabularies, and colorful illustrations that tie in well with the texts. However, the stories lack verve, and Marco's Run, in particular, may not hold the attention of children.-Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152048327
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Series: Green Light Readers Level 2 Series
  • Edition description: 1-Simul
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,071,230
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ariane Dewey and Jose Aruego have authored and illustrated more than sixty children's books together. They both live in New York City.
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