FOR ME? by Harmen van Straaten


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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Innocent gifts of hearts and flowers from an anonymous donor exert a powerful effect on their recipients. When Duck discovers a red rose and a piece of paper with a red heart on his doorstep, he’s surprised and suspects a trick. He runs to Toad’s house for advice only to find his friends Toad, Otter and Hedgehog have also received a heart and a rose. Clueless, they immediately speculate about the significance of the hearts and roses, who they are really for and who sent the mysterious gifts. As imaginations soar, egos inflate. Each assumes he’s the object of an unknown admirer until their new neighbor Mole arrives and shyly confesses she sent all the hearts and roses as a way to introduce herself. As soon as Duck, Toad, Otter and Hedgehog realize the hearts and roses were for all of them, they gallantly offer to take their new friend Mole on a boat ride. Simple illustrations executed in bold lines and primary color washes capture the confusion and eventual camaraderie of these puzzled pals. An amusing, bemusing tale. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7358-2163-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2007


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