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ROSE AND RILEY COME AND GO by Jane Cutler

ROSE AND RILEY COME AND GO

By Jane Cutler (Author) , Thomas F. Yezerski (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 9

Pub Date: Aug. 13th, 2005
ISBN: 0-374-36341-2
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Rose the little vole and Riley the big groundhog, have another trio of small adventures punctuated by intriguing thoughts on wordplay and perception. Rose and Riley set off for the beach with appropriate paraphernalia and Riley’s picture of a big, pink seashell. Riley wants to find one just like it. When they don’t, Rose’s collection of broken, imperfect shells still smell like the sea and “feel good to hold.” “A real seashell is different from a picture of a seashell, isn’t it, Rose?” When they go to look for wildflowers, Riley takes a scary mask and a bat, because he’s expecting “Wild Flowers” to attack. In the last story, Riley thinks his yard is too full of birds because they sing so many songs, even keeping him up at night. But Rose shows him that there’s only one, and that the mockingbird’s name doesn’t mock him, but means copying, too. Yezerski’s soft and friendly pictures are a perfect match for the unassuming but puckish text. New readers will love reading these on their own. (Easy reader. 6-9)