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Children's LiteratureThree short stories featuring Pearl and her pal Wagner comprise this early reader. When Pearl sees a friend whispering to Wagner, it practically ruins the class trip to the ice cream factor. Pearl wants to know the secret and Wagner tries to keep his word to keep the secret. They miss most of what is going on during the tour and even miss out on the double-dip ice cream cones at the end of the trip. The second and third stories are also related to secrets—Wagner's fear of heights and loud noises associated with the roller coaster and Pearl's fear of riding the roller coaster once she is actually looking at it. What makes these stories so enjoyable is that the friends really do help each other overcome their personal fears. The stories also use language in a playful way, thus making something simple and ordinary quite interesting. Caring, humor and stories about real situations will resonate with kids, especially those who face the same dilemmas. The illustrations by Alley are equally delightful. Definitely a cut above most books of this genre. A Dial "Easy-To-Read" Level 2 book which features short sentences and simple dialogue. 2004, Dial/Penguin, Ages 5 to 7.