The unlikely hero-a sharp, wooden stick-of Lechner's (Sticky Burr) fable about expressing oneself has an extraordinary mind (a watercolor spot shows a thought balloon above the stick that reads "a2+b2=c2"). Because he can't speak, though, he can't share his knowledge and feelings. "When he came across a frog writing a poem, he wanted to share a simile about the sun being like a dragon. But he could not." Then the stick realizes that his sharp end leaves a line in the sand. He can draw, and, for the first time, the world recognizes his existence: "As he scribbled, the plants and animals gathered around and watched in rapt attention." The stick's sand drawing is a tapestry of fantasy elements: a castle, a dragon, woodland creatures on sailing ships. When the rain soon washes it away, "the stick didn't care.... He knew at last he had found his voice." It's a triumphant moment. Our best gifts, Lechner seems to say, may not lie where we expect, but it is only in their pursuit that we find ourselves. Ages 5-8. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Clever Stickby John Lechner
The stick has always been clever: it solves difficult problems, enjoys poetry, and ponders the music of birds and the beauty of a rose. The one thing it can’t do is speak. And because of this, no one can see that the stick is clever; all they can see is a stick. John Lechner, the creator of A Froggy Fable, follows the most unlikely of heroes on a journey of self-discovery, arriving at a place that will surprise and enchant readers everywhere.
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- 7.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)
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- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
John Lechner is an artist, animator, multimedia designer, and puppeteer, and the author-llustrator of the picture book A FROGGY FABLE and the graphic storybook STICKY BURR: ADVENTURES IN BURRWOOD FOREST. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.
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Who would believe that an ordinary, unassuming stick could become the main character in a children's storybook? This creative, uplifting fable is perfect to share with your kids. Lechner's words and story are lyrical and feel just like a modern day fairytale. It is a wonderful read- aloud to share together. The author writes: " Ever since he had fallen off the tree, he had been sharp. (that line got my attention right away, yes, a smart stick). He would sit in the sand and think up all sorts of clever things. He would float down the stream, making up poetry. He would listen to the singing of the birds and wonder what made it sound so beautiful." Stick was very observant, but his problem was he had no voice, he was mute, therefore he could not communicate with those around him much to his chagrin. Lechner proposes a brilliant solution for Stick, allotting him not only to discover his voice but to discover a deeper meaning to his life by being able to leave his mark on his world. The artwork is subdued and beautifully done. The book has many ideas and opportunities for you to discuss the importance of self-expression and the value of communicating and writing. You can also explore the significance of flexibility and providence. It encourages kids to enhance their gifts and talents and to have fun with the possibilities. It is a perfect book for the beach or for a snowy day...read... then introduce your child to his/her personal voice stick and have your child playfully respond to his/her world by writing in the sand or on the snow. Highly recommended.