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Buddy's father had a beautiful big nose. He was a great sniffer. Buddy's mother had beautiful big teeth. She was a great chomper. Buddy had beautiful big ears. It didn't matter. Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have created eight children's books together. Munsinger's unparalleled animal characters and Lester's hysterical text have joined together to create another silly tale about a bunny who just can't seem to listen.
About the Author
Lynn Munsinger has illustrated more than ninety books for children, many written by her frequent collaborator, Helen Lester. She lives in Vermont.
Helen Lester has written many hilarious and popular picture books, including the Tacky the Penguin series and Hooway for Wodney Wat. She lives in New York. www.helenlester.com
What People are Saying About This
"Kids will enjoy the slapstick and the word jokes. Munsinger's joyful watercolors extend the farce of the disaster scenarios."Booklist, ALA
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved the whole theme of the book. Listening is very, very important....that is why we have "two" ears and only "mouth." Listening is an art all onto itself and one sadly we are losing in our culture. Before we become too critical of our adorable, non-listening main character, Buddy ... remember we all are guilty of such an atrocity. :) Buddy was blessed with big beautiful ears. Ears that were soft and velvety and hung down his back but were not tuned in to do what they were designed to do....listen! When his dad asked him to get a pen he brought his dad a hen. When his mom asked him to get her a slice of bread, he sawed the bed. This lazy little guy went through life oblivious of the importance of the wonderful gift he had been given....the gift of not only hearing what people were saying and asking of him but listening and comprehending what the words meant so he could respond appropriately. One day he was allowed to go on a solo hop, farther than he had ever been allowed to go before. He was instructed to travel along and soon he would come to two paths. He was only to choose the left one because if he chose the right he would run into grave danger. Because of his careless listening skills you can guess which one Little Buddy chose and in so doing got himself into some very hot water indeed...but thankfully not literally. He quickly learned his lesson of listening carefully and following instructions precisely. The reader will be happy to know that Little Buddy had an epiphany right then and there and changed his bad listening habits right on the spot. He recognized the errors and omissions of his ways and made up his mind to listen carefully from that day forth. And he succeeded.
I bought this book for a student teacher to help build her personal collection of classroom books. Listen Buddy can be used for any grade level. I use it every year as part of discussing how important listening is in school and in life. In the story, Buddy has big beautiful ears that he does not use much for listening. This gets him into some trouble at home, but when he ventures out on his own one day, they get him into a dangerous situation. The story has a lot of humor, but children can easily see how not listening could result in trouble. The book lends itself to using voices and the language is fun. This book is one of my favorites, and I recommend it to everyone who has or works with children.