SYLVIA JEAN, SCOUT SUPREME by Lisa Campbell Ernst

SYLVIA JEAN, SCOUT SUPREME

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Determined to earn her Good-Deed Badge, Pig Scout Sylvia Jean attempts to nurse her elderly neighbor, temporarily housebound with an ankle sprain. She gathers an assortment of first-aid supplies from tulips to puppets, but her towering tuba causes a commotion. Forbidden to visit Mrs. VanHooven again, Sylvia Jean dons a variety of outrageous costumes to assist the injured pig: A caped Spanish visitor serves homemade delicacies, a French ballerina twirls in with chocolates and a cowboy brings the latest bestseller. The gentle resolution brings praise for the child’s earnest efforts and newfound friendship. Punchy phrases carry an engaging story line, and Sylvia Jean’s exuberant personality shines through her dialogue. “Prepare to be amazed!” she sings. Expressive faces enhance the gentle narrative; thin lines indicate a quiet vulnerability. Ernst’s scenes feature her signature pastel palette even as humorous details advance the energetic tale (Sylvia Jean’s fretful pacing is priceless). Originally featured in Sylvia Jean, Drama Queen (2005), this sweet and spunky swine remains all heart. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-525-47873-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2010




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