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PUT IT ON THE LIST! by Kristen Darbyshire


by Kristen Darbyshire ; illustrated by Kristen Darbyshire

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-525-47906-2
Publisher: Dutton

This bird family has a problem: They are always running out of groceries! A familiar scenario is addressed with common sense and gentle humor. When the cereal box is empty, Mom tells her little chickadee to add it to the list on the refrigerator, but that’s just not enough—somehow, the family is short on just about everything. Straightforward text and brightly colored graphic illustrations provide an appealing look into the week that follows, as creative substitutions are necessitated—ketchup on pancakes, cookies with water. Don’t even ask about the toilet paper! Mom takes a trip to the store and makes some purchases, but to no avail—they’ve forgotten cereal. A solution is clearly in order, one that will require help from the whole family. The simple story will be easy for toddlers and young children to grasp, but the heart of this selection is the pictures, peopled with appealingly childlike birds—yellow, orange-beaked, stick-legged and dot-eyed—and filled with just enough detail to be familiar and endearing. (Picture book. 2-5)