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The Snoop
     

The Snoop

by Ronald Himler (Illustrator), Jane Resh Thomas
 

When Ellen goes with her grandmother, Bon, to visit old friends, Bon expects her to act like a lady. And that means no snooping! But sometimes Ellen just can't help herself. Besides, it seems that no matter what she does Bon is never pleased. When Ellen finds a dead baby rabbit in the garden, Bon tells her to put it in the trash can, and she's not very

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When Ellen goes with her grandmother, Bon, to visit old friends, Bon expects her to act like a lady. And that means no snooping! But sometimes Ellen just can't help herself. Besides, it seems that no matter what she does Bon is never pleased. When Ellen finds a dead baby rabbit in the garden, Bon tells her to put it in the trash can, and she's not very understanding when she discovers that, instead of throwing the rabbit away, Ellen has hidden it under their bed. But Bon is most upset when Ellen is caught snooping in their hosts' bedroom. During this weekend full of revelations, Ellen finally realizes that there are better ways to satisfy her curiosity than snooping. She also learns that Bon—perfect Bon!—wasn't always well behaved when she was a girl. In this warm intergenerational chapter book, illustrated throughout with line drawings, grandmother and granddaughter grow closer when they realize how alike they truly are.

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Kirkus Reviews
A slight story, awkwardly told, for those just learning to handle chapters by themselves. Ellen has gone with her grandmother, Bon, for an overnight visit with Bon's friends Janet and L.J. on their farm. Ellen is disappointed that the farm no longer keeps animals, though Janet and L.J. grow flowers and vegetables. Bon reminds Ellen not to snoop around, but Ellen can't help but open drawers (and send beads flying about the room) and poke into old address books. She finds a small dead bunny outside too, and, instead of leaving it alone, hides it under her bed wrapped in her sweater, resulting in a terrible smell. Ellen learns that Bon had a curious streak when she was small, and all ends gently. It's all minor exhortation, nicely packaged, without much staying power. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395858219
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/28/1999
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jane Resh Thomas has written more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction books for young readers, including the highly praised BEHIND THE MASK for Clarion. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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