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|Possum and the summer storm|
Author: Hunter, Anne
When Possum's brush pile washes away in a storm, his neighbors all help build a new home based on their own abilities and preferences.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 195079
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.30
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 72538
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/18)
School Library Journal (04/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2018 When a thunderstorm causes flooding that washes away a possum family’s brush-pile home, a chipmunk generously digs a burrow for them on higher ground. Although it’s too small to hold Possum and his three little ones, it could serve as a basement. Muskrat shows them how to build a house above it, using cattails and mud, while a wasp adds windows made from chewed wood, and an oriole weaves them a nestlike hammock. When thunder rumbles again, the possums and their friends take shelter together, “snug and dry” in the family’s new home. In this simply told story, the family’s dilemma is clear, but the emphasis is on the supportive responses and varied talents within their community. Even children unfamiliar with Possum’s Harvest Moon (1996) and Possum and the Peeper (1998) will enjoy this beautifully illustrated story. Created with watercolors and ink, the artwork portrays amiable creatures within a landscape transformed by storm waters. Sensitive line drawings, delicate shading, and compositions featuring rhythmic, rounded forms define the characters and the tone of this pleasing picture book. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2018 PreS-Gr 1—When a storm washes away Possum's family home, animal friends pitch in to help them build a new one. The first attempt at a new house by Chipmunk proves to be too small, but works as a basement. Next Muskrat shows them how to build a lodge. Oriole even teaches them how to make a nest for a bed. When another storm comes, the friends seek shelter in the home they helped create. Rich vocabulary can be found throughout the text. For example, when Wasp offers assistance she says, "I can make a comb of chewed wood and saliva. It might make nice windows." Illustrations are sweet and comforting. On the opening page when a dark storm cloud hovers, one of the baby possums has an acorn cap for a hat. Text and illustrations work well in conveying the opening mood. "Thunder crashed. Wind howled. The possum family watched as the creek rose." Illustrations mostly in blues and greens show the movement of the water and rustling of plants on the bank as the possum family looks on. The animals look serious, but the book is not scary. VERDICT A charming story about resilience, friendship, and animal architecture. This will work well in a group setting or as a single share.—Robin Sofge, Prince William Public Library System, VA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.