A celebration of books, teamwork, and the joy of a gift for someone you love.
A tiny bird has found the most beautiful red strawberry to give her grandmother, but PLOP! it falls into the river. Not even the help of all of the bird's friends can get it back before a hungry crocodile snatches it up. The friends put their heads together and come up with the perfect idea of a new gift for Grandma: They'll create a book about their adventure with the strawberry! Grandma loves the story, of course, and is proud of her little author.
About the Author
Mary Newell DePalma is an author and illustrator of children’s books. Before Mary was a children's book author and illustrator, she knitted designer sweaters, interpreted for the deaf, and painted signs. Some of her hobbies include gardening, knitting, reading, and, of course, drawing! She has illustrated MY CHAIR, A GRAND OLD TREE, and THE NUTCRACKER DOLL for Arthur A. Levine Books. Mary lives in Boston with her husband and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Little Lorikeet finds a beautiful, red strawberry that she wants to take to her grandmother as a gift. But then, uh-oh, Lori drops the strawberry in to the bottom of the river, where a mean crocodile lives. Not to worry though, Lori's friends, the chipmunk, the goose, and the frog are willing to help. But, when Frog finally gets the strawberry up from the bottom of the river, the mean crocodile is ready and waiting, so Lori has to throw away the strawberry to save her friends. Lori and her friends all get a way safely, expect for the crocodile ate their strawberry and now Little Lori has nothing to take to her grandmother, so her and her friends work together to make a book for her grandma that tells the story of what happened. This book is a really great read aloud for students in kindergarten and first grade. It teaches children that giving a gift is more than just giving something materialistic. In addition, it is a great example for students to see how a book can make a great gift, which will hopefully encourage them to make books of their own.