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Author: Judge, Lita
At night, a host of woodland creatures plays with a child's red sled.
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/01/11)
School Library Journal (+) (10/01/11)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (12/11)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2011 PreS-Gr 2—The premise of this book is simple; the execution is anything but. A child (Caucasian, of indeterminate gender) leaves a red sled outside the house one night, and an ever-growing group of animals borrows it for some snowy sliding fun. Having noticed the footprints, the child realizes what happened and waits to join the critters the next night. Pencil and watercolor spreads create a basic wintry mountain environment, but the stars of the show are the expressive animals. Their childlike delight in each dynamic scene brings a sense of excitement to the story. The text consists entirely of sound effects, laid out on the page in varying font sizes to evoke a sense of movement. The book begs to be read aloud and offers wonderful opportunities for audience participation. This delightful flight of fancy conveys the true excitement of sledding with the imagined fun of befriending wildlife. A gem.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 12/01/2011 In this wintry picture book where the only text is onomatopoeic sound effects, a child leans a trusty red sled against the outside wall of the cabin and then retires inside at the end of day. An interested bear finds the sled and takes off for a satisfying slide with an accumulating number of animal friends, including a rabbit, a moose, an opossum, a couple of raccoons, a porcupine, and a rat. Eventually, the animals politely return the sled; its owner spots the tracks of the sled’s borrowers, waits for their return, and then joins them in their next night’s snowy downhill romp. In its simplicity and its subject the story recalls Nicola Smee’s Jingle Jingle (BCCB 4/08), and it’s also got much of the appeal of Aylesworth’s The Mitten (BCCB 1/10). Readers-aloud will relish the performance opportunities afforded by the critters’ exclamations of “Alley-oop!” as the sled speeds away and “Whoa” when it careens out of control, and there’s a pleasing contrast to the intimate hush of the “scrunch scrinch scrunch scrinch scrunch scrinch” made by footsteps (pawsteps?) in snow. Audiences will appreciate the fantastical touch, warming particularly to the possibilities of the human-animal outing under the stars. Soft pencil lines shade and outline pillowy sweeps of snowy landscape, touched with steel-blue tones under the night sky. Horizon lines feature strongly in the background, the exaggerated responses of Bear and co. provide closeup entertainment, and the red sled stands out in sharp contrast. Use this as a wintry bedtime book, and encourage the kids to listen for animal-sledding sounds as they fall asleep. DS - Copyright 2011 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.