Three Secrets (Pearl and Wagner Series)

Three Secrets (Pearl and Wagner Series)

by Kate McMullan, R.W. Alley, Janet Allison Brown
     
 

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Pearl and Wagner are back, and they are full of secrets: Wagner tells Pearl an embarrassing secret, Pearl tells Wagner a surprising secret, and Lulu tells Wagner a secret that turns out not to be a secret at all. On a school field trip and at a birthday party, Pearl and Wagner learn that some secrets can bring friends closer together, while others can cause all

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Pearl and Wagner are back, and they are full of secrets: Wagner tells Pearl an embarrassing secret, Pearl tells Wagner a surprising secret, and Lulu tells Wagner a secret that turns out not to be a secret at all. On a school field trip and at a birthday party, Pearl and Wagner learn that some secrets can bring friends closer together, while others can cause all sorts of trouble. In the end, no secret will ever come between Pearl and Wagner!

Beginning readers will laugh and recognize a little of themselves on every page of this charming, warm, and funny book about friendship.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Three 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.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-The appealing rabbit-and-mouse duo are back. When Wagner tries very hard to keep a classmate's confidence from Pearl, they both learn that secrets can strain a relationship. However, in the next two chapters, the friends discover that by sharing their private concerns they can solidify the bond between them; when Wagner reveals his fear of roller coasters to Pearl, she later admits that she is also terrified of them. McMullan uses short sentences and simple dialogue while successfully bringing forth a plot with complex emotions that youngsters can relate to. Done in pen and ink, watercolor, and colored pencils, the vibrant illustrations complement the text-the animal characters have unique personalities that are clearly conveyed through their expressions. A humorous story that addresses common concerns for children who are progressing through the stages of early reading.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Pearl the rabbit and Wagner the mouse continue to develop the friendship introduced in the first volume in this easy-reader series, Pearl and Wagner: Two Good Friends (2003). In this funny entry, three short chapters highlight the sort of secrets important to first graders, focusing on the fear of riding on a roller coaster. Pearl skillfully helps Wagner prepare for their roller coaster ride, conquering his fear of the unknown, but the reality of the enormous roller coaster gives Pearl her own set of worries. Her fears are counteracted by Wagner's comforting presence as they ride the huge "Zoomer" side-by-side, along with their class of assorted animal friends. McMullan's subtle humor infuses the clever plot, which includes a field trip to an ice-cream factory as well as a birthday party at the amusement park. Alley's delightful watercolor-and-ink illustrations show a wide range of emotions, including the animals all screaming their heads off as the roller coaster cars careen downhill. Pearl and Wagner are a winsome pair of pals who will surely share more easy-reader adventures, perhaps next time over four seasons like another famous animal duo. (Easy reader. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803725744
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/24/2004
Series:
Pearl and Wagner Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
330L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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