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Author: Susan Stevens Crummel

Illustrator: Dorothy Donohue

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corporation,

Material: hard cover

Summary: It is just SO HOT. So hot the lake dried up and he can't fish! The heat is too much for Bart. Isn't there someplace cool? A place where he can go fishing? When Bart sees an ad for Alaska, he heads north. There's a lake to fish in ... except for the bears; and a sled for riding ... except he is pulling it; and then the snow, oh boy, the snow! This picture book shares a life-is-always-greener story that kids can understand.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 10

Reading Level: 2.2

Age of Child: Read with a 10-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book and laughed all the way through. She spent lots of time looking at the action in the background. She loved the plays on words ... like Miss Kitty having a 'kitty' (money).

Adult Reader Reaction: When my daughter picked the book, I thought she might be to old to enjoy it, but obviously not. In fact, to really get some of the word play without having to explain it, you need to share this with an older child. The collages are great and the story moves quickly. I liked how the ending left it open for the bears to be considering a move to a warmer climate!

Pros: Collage illustrations add texture and fun to this story about friendship and being happy with what you've got. This is a great story to read with multiple-ages, because younger kids will like the antics and older listeners will get the double meanings.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Fun to read and enjoyable a couple of times, but not one for the permanent bookshelf ... except in the library!


Educational Themes: There are lots of ways to enjoy this book. The story with its lesson about being happy with who/where you are; the idea of "there's no place like home"; and of course friendship. With older readers there are plenty of ways to play with the word and explore the authors use of words; and it would also be a great prop for art class.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, humor, friendship, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2012

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