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There's Always Room for One More
     

There's Always Room for One More

by Dieter Schubert
 

More adventures await Beaver, Hedgehog, Bear, and Badger when industrious Beaver builds a boat for himself. When he learns that all of his friends want to come along for a ride, he must fashion a raft large enough to fit everyone. As each friend climbs aboard, the raft sinks deeper into the water. When the raft reaches a precarious balance, Butterfly lands softly

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More adventures await Beaver, Hedgehog, Bear, and Badger when industrious Beaver builds a boat for himself. When he learns that all of his friends want to come along for a ride, he must fashion a raft large enough to fit everyone. As each friend climbs aboard, the raft sinks deeper into the water. When the raft reaches a precarious balance, Butterfly lands softly on it, tipping it over. Everyone gets drenched but learns a valuable lesson.

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Publishers Weekly
Mole is the first to accept when Beaver invites his friends for a ride on his newly fashioned watercraft. Then, the rest of the gang from Bear's Eggs and Beaver's Lodge Hedgehog and Hare, Badger and Bear climb aboard. It's Butterfly's soft touch that finally topples the craft in There's Always Room for One More by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
One day Beaver built a little log boat just for some fun. He invited his friends, Hare Hedgehog, Bear, Rabbit and Badger to join him for a ride, but they just laughed. After all, Beaver just barely fit into his boat, how could the others climb aboard? Undaunted, Beaver built a bigger boat and one by one, his friends scrambled aboard. The raft seemed to get lower and lower with each new passenger. They floated down the river and if no one moved they would be balanced. But one more unlikely creature floats aboard and all the animals get drenched. Charming watercolor paintings capture the humorous adventure of the animal pals. Wonderful animal expressions and actions are captured. Children and parents are sure to return to the book again and again.
—Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Beaver, true to type, is eagerly building a little wooden boat. When it is completed, he invites his friends-Badger, Bear, Hedgehog, Mole, and Hare-to join him for a ride. They laugh at the notion of fitting on the tiny vessel, so Beaver puts together a raft. Now, one by one, the friends scramble aboard and it's comical to watch their delighted faces and Beaver's increasing dismay as the raft sags more precariously with each addition. Appreciative onlookers will enjoy the stunning muted watercolor scenery-swamps, rivers, waterfalls-and the bonus details like inquisitive fish and frolicsome frogs that turn up in unusual places. An exciting ride over the rapids and the enormous weight of Bear fail to overturn the raft-but when butterfly hops on, it tips and everyone is thoroughly and cheerfully soaked. While this story is similar to Pamela Allen's Who Sank the Boat? (Coward-McCann, 1983; o.p.), the earlier book was primarily a guessing game for younger audiences. The smallest animal being the one to cause the catastrophe is an idea that delights children, and this more sophisticated, beautifully illustrated retelling for slightly older children will be a welcome addition for read-alouds and independent reading.-Susan Weitz, Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The characters from previous Schubert picture books (Beaver's Lodge, not reviewed, etc.) return for a new version of an old story. Beaver builds himself a little boat and invites his friends for a ride. When they point out that the boat is barely big enough for him, he builds a raft, and one by one, his friends join him on it. Even when Bear climbs aboard, they manage to stay afloat, but when Butterfly lights on Bear, the raft sinks and they end up in the river. It's all in a day's play and Beaver happily goes back to his little boat. The pleasant watercolors portray the animals appealingly and provide much to keep the eyes engaged: creatures peeking out from the foliage, a spider clinging to a tendril, and evidence of Beaver's lumberjack activities will maintain interest for multiple readings. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886910775
Publisher:
Lemniscaat USA
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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