Wild Times at the Bed and Biscuit

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The Bed and Biscuit is going wild! Kids will laugh at — and learn from — this new adventure, as Grampa takes in some ailing critters who are anything but tame.

Ever since Grampa Bender opened his doors (and veterinary skills) to a despondent Canada goose, a cranky muskrat, and two tiny but rebellious fox kits, his animal boarding house has been turned upside down. Luckily, Ernest the mini-pig is on hand to marshal the other animals into being good hosts — but since wild things ...

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Overview

The Bed and Biscuit is going wild! Kids will laugh at — and learn from — this new adventure, as Grampa takes in some ailing critters who are anything but tame.

Ever since Grampa Bender opened his doors (and veterinary skills) to a despondent Canada goose, a cranky muskrat, and two tiny but rebellious fox kits, his animal boarding house has been turned upside down. Luckily, Ernest the mini-pig is on hand to marshal the other animals into being good hosts — but since wild things are, well, wild by nature, it has been trickier than he imagined. Plus Ernest is trying to train Sir Walter, the Scottish terrier puppy who is the newest addition to the family. But what if Sir Walter doesn’t want to be told what to do and decides that running wild like a fox sounds like lots of fun?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
The animals at Grampa Bender's veterinary hospital and boarding facility are in an uproar. Sick animals from the wildlife shelter are staying with them while new pens are built at the shelter. Earnest, the pot-bellied pig, comes across a very unhappy Canada goose with a stick through his neck. Sir Walter, the Scots Terrier, is enchanted with what the baby foxes have to say. Gabby, the Vietnamese Mynah bird, is very upset by the all the extra noise and confusion. And Milly, Queen of the Cats, is curious. They all try to help Grampa take care of his new charges. But wild animals are different from domesticated ones: the goose is pining for his mate, the fox kits want out of their cage, and the muskrat wants his home by a pond. After Sir Walter lets the foxes out of their pen and discovers they really do not want to be friends, the animals are all returned to their natural habitats. This charming sequel to Welcome to the Bed and Biscuit gently teaches the reader about different animal's needs and behavior. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Part James Herriot, and part Dick King-Smith, this endearing sequel to Welcome to the Bed & Biscuit (Candlewick, 2006) explores the intricate connection between wild and domesticated animals with a trim plot attached. The wildlife shelter is having some new pens built, so veterinarian Grandpa Bender is enlisted to take in a Canada goose with an arrow through its neck, a muskrat with an infected foot, and a pair of orphaned fox kits. The narrator and main character is a mini-pig named Ernest, who tries to watch the other animals that reside with the vet: a Vietnamese hill mynah, a Maine coon cat, and a Scottie pup. The animals all communicate with each other, and the bird actually speaks to humans as well. The charming black-and-white illustrations are reminiscent of Garth Williams's work. This story's messages speak to children's interest in wild animals. The dominant theme involves a kindly veterinarian successfully rehabilitating animals and releasing them to the wild. A secondary theme speaks to the responsibility of hunters to bag their prey, not leaving wounded animals to die slowly. And a subtle plotline addresses the relationship of dogs to their wild cousins, the foxes. The story unfolds without preaching, but aptly hits on these issues. It would make a great read-aloud for the primary grades and is sure to be a hit with competent easy-chapter-book readers.—Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763652944
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Series: Bed and Biscuit Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 208,894
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Carris has published four textbooks and more than a dozen books for children. She also teaches graduate-level writing at Duke University and does commentaries for Public Radio East. Joan Carris lives in North Carolina.
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