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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Jamie doesn't want to move. Worried about leaving his friends, neighborhood and school, he preoccupies himself with concern for his pets. ``What if Freckles the dog won't leave home?'' he asks. ``What about my goldfish?'' After moving into the new house, Jamie continues to focus on dog and goldfish. ``Maybe they wouldn't be lonely if they had new friends,'' he thinks. Jamie comes up with a clever idea that enables him to make some new friends. Through simple, gentle narration and straightforward dialogue, this story perceptively conveys childhood anxieties about moving and provides a model for overcoming them as well. Plecas's compositions are calm and her palette soothing; her figures recall Roz Chast's in their wispiness. Readers confronting a situation like Jamie's will be comforted by Greenwood and Plecas's winsome creation. Ages 6-9. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Jamie has a lot of questions about his family's move to a new town. What if his dog doesn't want to go? Will Joe still be his best friend? And, of course, "`What about my goldfish?'" This charming chapter book follows the boy as he says his goodbyes, settles into his new home, starts school, and begins to make friends. The happy ending for Jamie and his pets is bound to be reassuring to children facing a move. The simple writing and appealing watercolor cartoons are appropriate for transitional readers, and the universal theme makes this a good addition.-Elizabeth Hanson, Chicago Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395643372
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/20/1993
  • Pages: 40
  • Product dimensions: 7.33 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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