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. Volume IX Number 20. . . . June 6, 2003
At the cottage, Zizi and Tish picked blueberries for pie. They swung high on the tire swing that hung from the pine tree that stood like a tower in the woods. They pretended they were lost in the jungle and made houses from branches off the forest floor. The tree stumps were their thrones.
Sisters Zizi and Tish do everything together during their summer at the cottage: picking berries, swimming in the lake, biking, and playing in the forest. Then Tish makes a new friend, and suddenly Zizi is left out. Kimber and Tish become best pals, doing each other's hair and trying on each other's clothes. The older girls spend all of their time together, and Zizi spends her days alone trying to amuse herself. Zizi's feelings are hurt by her sister's actions, and she makes numerous unsuccessful attempts to get Tish's attention. At the end of the story, however, the sisters' continued closeness reappears when Tish comforts Zizi during a scary thunderstorm. The girls climb into the day bed together to ride out the bad weather. The next day, with Tish's support, Zizi conquers her fear of deep water and swims all the way out to the raft.
Moore's story thoughtfully presents a situation that is a normal childhood experience. The author's use of descriptive language helps to make this title a good choice for read aloud or bedtime reading. Adult readers can sympathize with Zizi and probably relate a similar situation that occurred in their own life with a sibling or childhood friend.
Illustrator Liz Milkau uses pencil crayons to depict the sisters' summer vacation. The illustrations have a warm muted tone and focus on the characters' daily activities. The girls appear carefree as they swing high on a tire swing, and Zizi's confusion and hurt are shown when Tish drops her to hang around Kimber. Milkau does a nice job on the sister's facial expressions throughout the book.
Zizi and Tish, a recommended purchase for public and school libraries, would also make a good gift choice, especially for sisters.
As the result of another exciting Northern move, Catherine Hoyt is now living and working in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. She is a volunteer at one of the most northern public libraries in Canada.
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