WINNIE & WALDORF by Kati Hites


From the "Winnie & Waldorf" series
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Age Range: 3 - 6
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A little girl named Winnie narrates a story about humorous interactions with her huge dog, Waldorf.

In addition to her big dog, Winnie has a big sister named Sara, who is preparing for a violin recital that evening in their home. Winnie and Waldorf sneak into Sara’s off-limits bedroom and knock over Sara’s violin, breaking one of the strings (astonishingly, the instrument itself is fine). Sara is angry at Waldorf and suggests he be replaced with a cat. But later at the concert, Waldorf’s antics with some cupcakes help Sara overcome her nervousness. A satisfying conclusion shows the family enjoying a story together on the couch, with Waldorf happy in the middle. The story is simple and accessible, and both Winnie and Waldorf are likable characters with a variety of appealing expressions. Digitally produced mixed-media illustrations create the look of watercolor paintings, with a soft focus and muted palette. One culturally insensitive detail mars the overall success of the illustrations, as Winnie wears a Plains Indian–style feather headdress to the concert with accompanying text stating “We dress up in our most formal attire….”  

As characters, Winnie and Waldorf are a winning pair, but Winnie’s unfortunate choice of costume reflects a sadly out-of-step approach to cultural understanding. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 3rd, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-06-231161-0
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2015


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