Gr 2-The protagonist of this story is a little girl who learns to become a collector from her grandmother, who owns a curiosity shop. One day the woman gives her an unmatched and empty sock in which to store things and keep them safe. This inspires Rabieta to sort, catalog, and save her many belongings in all sorts of novel ways. Things soon get out of hand until her mother intercedes and teaches Rabieta that collecting lots of stuff isn't as important as tending to what we carry within ourselves. Despite the rather heavy-handed ending, this is a quirky yet interesting book. The narrative style is com- plemented by the skewed perspective of the collage art. The illustrator used bits of fabric, textured paper, and pastels to achieve a hodgepodge look. Frequent font changes add to the overall effect. A suitable addition for larger collections. M.O.B. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.