TRUDY by Henry Cole

TRUDY

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

At the country auction, Esme and Grandfather find just the right animal for them: “Not too big, not too small. Not too stinky, and no feathers!” Indeed, Trudy turns out to be closer to perfect than they could have imagined, and Esme quickly forms a strong bond with the little goat. But one worrisome day Trudy goes into her barn and refuses to come out. A pattern quickly emerges—when snow flies, Trudy stays inside. Word of her reliability as a weather forecaster spreads, but she loses her fans’ trust when she goes into her barn and it fails to snow. Could something be wrong with the little goat, or is something even more amazing in store? From the start, Cole infuses both his gentle tale and his detailed acrylic illustrations with the routines and responsibilities of taking care of an animal and the deepening care and concern that Esme shows for Trudy. The deceptively simple story gently nudges children to look at and appreciate animals as more than just barnyard fixtures. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-154267-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2008




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