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Author: Mary-Louise Fitzpatrick

Illustrator: Mary-Louise Fitzpatrick

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Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc., 2000

Material: hard cover

Summary: The things that frighten Lizzy, don't frighten her pal Skunk. But when Skunk gets lost, Lizzy has to conquer her fears to find him. This book reminds us just how valuable a lovey is to a child and a child is to that lovey.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, easy reader, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 11

Interest Level: 3 to 9

Reading Level: 1.6

Age of Child: Started reading with 2½ years old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: She couldn't read this story enough. By the second week, we were substituting "Lizzy" and "skunk" for our toddler and her lovey's names. S/He loved to help Lizzy find Skunk.

Adult Reader Reaction: Our toddler pulled this one from the shelf from the library and it didn't disappoint. It is a sweet story that lays out every toddler/preschooler's fears: spiders, the dark, high places, being on stage and, most importantly, being alone.

Pros: The pictures carry a lot of the imagery, and the narrative complements the theme without taking over. The simplicity lends itself to making this a great book for an early reader. All of us (young and old) can relate to any of the fears Lizzy and Skunk encounter.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: This one could go either way. It has some longer-term potential beyond the preschool years for early readers.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WINNIE THE POOH & HIS FRIENDS (SET OF 4 BOARD BOOKS: Roo's Big Adventure, Blackberry Surprise, A Reel Fishy Story, Nightime Mystery )   COURAGE   OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY

Educational Themes: You can enjoy the book for the story of friendship that it is, or it's a great one to have nearby if you have a toddler/preschooler who tends to frighten easily.

Literary Categories: Fiction - family, friendship, picture book, easy reader, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2004

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