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THE GOOD GAME

From the I Like To Read series

An encouraging story for emerging readers—especially those who love sports and animals.

Can tiny Mouse and Squirrel hold their own in a game against larger competitors?

A young Indigenous boy stands on the sidelines as others play a game of tewa’á:raton (Kanien’kéha for lacrosse), afraid to join in because he’s too small. The child’s grandfather comforts him with the story of one of the first lacrosse games, played by forest creatures. Divided into Team Four Legs and Team Wings, the anthropomorphic animals clutch lacrosse sticks in their paws, between their teeth, and even in their antlers. Mouse and Squirrel observe, but when they try to join Team Four Legs, Bear, Wolf, Turtle, and Deer tell them they’re too little. Team Wings isn’t much kinder, until Eagle comes up with the idea of outfitting Mouse and Squirrel with homemade wings of leather and string. Their once-ridiculed size soon becomes their advantage as Mouse and Squirrel fly past Team Four Legs and lead Team Wings to a quick victory. Mouse and Squirrel love their wings so much that they keep them—along with their new names, Bat and Flying Squirrel. David (Haudenosaunee Kanienkehaka) brings this tale to life with vivid cartoon images and simple text laced with an enduring message: Everyone—even the smallest of us—has unique gifts to offer. Youngsters who enjoy lacrosse will delight in learning about its origins.

An encouraging story for emerging readers—especially those who love sports and animals. (author’s note, glossary, list of phonic features) (Early reader. 4-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 27, 2024

ISBN: 9780823456222

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Holiday House

Review Posted Online: June 15, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: today

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PETE THE CAT'S 12 GROOVY DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Pete’s fans might find it groovy; anyone else has plenty of other “12 Days of Christmas” variants to choose among

Pete, the cat who couldn’t care less, celebrates Christmas with his inimitable lassitude.

If it weren’t part of the title and repeated on every other page, readers unfamiliar with Pete’s shtick might have a hard time arriving at “groovy” to describe his Christmas celebration, as the expressionless cat displays not a hint of groove in Dean’s now-trademark illustrations. Nor does Pete have a great sense of scansion: “On the first day of Christmas, / Pete gave to me… / A road trip to the sea. / GROOVY!” The cat is shown at the wheel of a yellow microbus strung with garland and lights and with a star-topped tree tied to its roof. On the second day of Christmas Pete gives “me” (here depicted as a gray squirrel who gets on the bus) “2 fuzzy gloves, and a road trip to the sea. / GROOVY!” On the third day, he gives “me” (now a white cat who joins Pete and the squirrel) “3 yummy cupcakes,” etc. The “me” mentioned in the lyrics changes from day to day and gift to gift, with “4 far-out surfboards” (a frog), “5 onion rings” (crocodile), and “6 skateboards rolling” (a yellow bird that shares its skateboards with the white cat, the squirrel, the frog, and the crocodile while Pete drives on). Gifts and animals pile on until the microbus finally arrives at the seaside and readers are told yet again that it’s all “GROOVY!”

Pete’s fans might find it groovy; anyone else has plenty of other “12 Days of Christmas” variants to choose among . (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 18, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-06-267527-9

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Aug. 19, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2018

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ON THE FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of...

Rabe follows a young girl through her first 12 days of kindergarten in this book based on the familiar Christmas carol.

The typical firsts of school are here: riding the bus, making friends, sliding on the playground slide, counting, sorting shapes, laughing at lunch, painting, singing, reading, running, jumping rope, and going on a field trip. While the days are given ordinal numbers, the song skips the cardinal numbers in the verses, and the rhythm is sometimes off: “On the second day of kindergarten / I thought it was so cool / making lots of friends / and riding the bus to my school!” The narrator is a white brunette who wears either a tunic or a dress each day, making her pretty easy to differentiate from her classmates, a nice mix in terms of race; two students even sport glasses. The children in the ink, paint, and collage digital spreads show a variety of emotions, but most are happy to be at school, and the surroundings will be familiar to those who have made an orientation visit to their own schools.

While this is a fairly bland treatment compared to Deborah Lee Rose and Carey Armstrong-Ellis’ The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (2003), it basically gets the job done. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: June 21, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-06-234834-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 3, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2016

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