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. Volume XI Number 12 . . . .February 18, 2005
This is the story of George, a small "Little People" type figure, picked up at the beach by Katie and her brother Mackenzie. The story is told from two perspectives: George's and the siblings'. Here is an example of how the two perspectives are approached by the author:
George has many other adventures: being lost in a snow fort, mailed to a sick friend, time traveling, etc. The switching between perspectives is sometimes confusing albeit an interesting premise!
Our six-year-old enjoyed the story but did not understand that it was the same story told from these different perspectives. Having just shared Sarah Plain and Tall and Mississippi Bridge, with her, this story didn't quite measure up. Those reading alone might get baffled by the premise and discontinue reading it. From another perspective, Today's Parent recommended it.
As Ranganathan said, "Every book its reader." I am sure this title will be appreciated by some young readers. Those looking to flesh out this area of their collection should considering purchasing this title.
Recommended with Reservations.
Ruth Scales McMahon, of Lethbridge, AB, is a professional children's librarian, the co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Book Award and the mother of two young children.
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