Thank You, Aunt Tallulah!


A girl and her eclectic aunt share their lives through thank you notes

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Audacious and outrageous, Aunt Tallulah's penchant for knitting during the long darkness that is winter at the South Pole (May, June, and July) provides much of the humor in this delightful book. Aunt's thoughtful "goody packages" are for Betttina who is spending the summer at camp Ogga a Woogga. Aunt Tallulah sends a letter with each package, and after its arrival, Bettina writes a lovely thank you note (such a nice influence for the reader/listener). This exchange of notes and letters is the vehicle of the book, although careful observation will reveal that a movie was made of the whole story. The illustrations leap off the pages with bold colors and almost bigger than life characters. Aunt Tallulah and Uncle Reginald embody eccentric "scientists" (several accurate South Pole facts are revealed in Aunt T's notes) and have a multilayered life style revealed only through the zany illustrations. I love it that they store their frozen pizzas so conveniently just outside a kitchen window—after all it is -47 degrees! Children will love Aunt T's oversized knitted clothing: the scarf is so long we can see it being wrapped around the entire summer camp. Bettina loves the "back pack" that she is sent and is surprised to be told that it is really a "hat!" All along the way, Bettina describes her experiences, and Aunt T and Uncle Reginald send news of their lives—leaving out the details that we can see in the clever illustrations. Keep an eye out for all of the fun hidden in the pictures (penguin fans will not be disappointed nor will fans of bears, monkeys, and numerous other creatures). Do not miss the "out takes" on the last page. You will want to turn to the beginning and enjoy thiswildly funny book all over again! 2006, Rising Moon, Ages 4 to 8.
—Sheilah Egan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873588911
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.14 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    For many of us one of the highlights of summer camp was receiving a 'goody' box from home - that was because we didn't have an Aunt Tallulah! Now, Aunt Tallulah is loving, kind, considerate and faithfully sends packages to her niece, Bettina, who is having a great time at Camp Oogie-Waaa-Waaa. However, despite Auntie's best intentions there seems to be some miscommunication. For instance, it's 97 degrees at Camp and Auntie sends Bettina a matching hand-knit sweater and scarf plus toe-socks. (Auntie loves to knit, although she does it in the dark so she's a bit unsure of the colors.) Being a well-mannered young girl Bettina immediately writes a thank you note expressing her appreciation and remarking that the gifts 'are going to fit me all through elementary school. And middle school. And probably high school. Maybe even college.' Youngsters will laugh at what comes in future boxes from Aunt Tallulah. Bruce MacPherson's colorful illustrations are just as smile provoking as the story, especially his take on the cute button nosed Bettina. - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Intelligent, creative, fun!

    This book will make you laugh out loud. The illustrations are to-die-for funny, and so is the story line. Bettina is receiving gifts from her Aunt Tallulah, who lives in Antarctica where it's freezing. The gifts are all for cold weather, and the camp is in the 90s. It's totally hilarious. The pictures are detailed and very interesting to look at. The story itself is so silly thats it's fun. Kids will enjoy this book and will want to read it over and over again. I highly recommend Thank You, Aunt Tallulah

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