A rhyming picture book whimsically portrays stuffed animals separated from and reunited with a key body part.
The narrator David’s stuffed-animal collection has, courtesy of his younger sister, just had its members’ ears plucked off. The animals, distraught and unable to help themselves on account of their stuffed heads, cry out. Our good-natured hero tries to remedying the situation by attempting a number of possible critter/ear combinations, all of which are rejected by the animal ensemble. The day is saved when David, in the role of stuffed-animal surgeon, reaches for the duct tape. After an extensive paean to the wondrousness of duct tape, he gives each animal ears that turn out to be satisfactory, even when they aren’t the auditory organs the animals are meant to have. The satisfied toys collapse into sleep, and the story ends with a light-handed moral message on the virtue of helping friends in need. The reader then has the opportunity to correctly match each animal to its appropriate appendage. Told mainly with an ABAB rhyme scheme, the story flows nicely–meaning that the few aberrations from the rhyme and the occasional sacrifice of syntax are jarring. Not that Jordan sacrifices flow for the sake of anatomical correctness–she counts the spikes of an antler as ears. The story is complemented by crayon like drawings against a white background, accentuating the book’s fanciful tenor and child-friendly approach to narration. The lack of resolution with regard to David’s pesky sibling may leave some justice-oriented readers feeling unsatisfied.
Young preschoolers won’t mind this fun story’s occasional imperfections.