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|Annie and Snowball and the dress-up birthday : the first book of their adventures|
Author: Rylant, Cynthia
Annie and her pet rabbit, Snowball, invite Henry and Mudge to a dress-up birthday party.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 113365
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.70
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 40503
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
School Library Journal (00/04/07)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (07/07)
Full Text Reviews:
Bulletin for the Center... - 07/01/2007 Cousin Annie and her pet rabbit, Snowball, have just moved in next door to Henry and his big dog, Mudge. In this first book of her adventures, Annie prepares for her birthday party, which, she has decided, is going to be a dress-up affair. Told in three consecutive chapters, this easy reader introduces Annie and Snowball, discusses plans for the party, and tells of the unexpected events of the party day (when Annie said dress-up, she meant fancy clothes, but Henry and his family arrive to the celebration dressed in costumes). Annie is all girl, with a definite propensity for “ribbons and bows and lace and fancy little shoes”; the relationship between Annie and Henry is nicely developed, with the two spending time together and spoiling each other’s pets (Annie gives Mudge good brushings while Henry gives Snowball good scratchings). This is well geared to the early reading audience; there is lots of opportunity to match text to illustrations, new vocabulary is effectively introduced, and the sentence structure is just varied enough to maintain appeal for newly independent readers. This pales by comparison to classic Henry and Mudge, though: Snowball is far less of a fully developed character than big, sloppy Mudge, the text lacks some of the boisterous energy readers of that series have come to expect, and frilly Annie is a specialized taste. The illustrations are cleanly composed, offering just enough color and detail without being distracting. There is no question that Annie and Henry are related; in fact, they both have the exact same facial expression in every single illustration throughout the book (save the picture where Annie is surprised by the costumed guests and her mouth forms a little O), and the compositions are thus a bit repetitive. Henry and Mudge fans will nevertheless welcome the newest kid on the block; expect many more adventures to follow. HM - Copyright 2007 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2007 K-Gr 2-The creative duo who enchanted early readers with Henry and Mudge have launched Henry's cousin Annie and her pet rabbit in a series of their own. Children who missed Henry and Mudge and Annie's Good Move (1998) and Henry and Mudge and Annie's Perfect Pet (2000, both S & S) will quickly catch up with these charming characters and their thoughtful friendship. Annie is looking forward to wearing her favorite "ribbons and bows and lace and fancy little shoes" for her birthday celebration and invites Henry, his parents, and Mudge to join her for a "Dress-up Birthday." As Annie and her father greet their guests, they realize that "dressing up" can have several connotations, but learn that a party with special friends brings great happiness. Stevenson's lively pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations depict lots of action in the story's four short chapters, and amplify the characters' warmth, affection, and laughter. Annie has a winning combination of sensitivity, deliberation, girly frills, and fun, and readers will look forward to her next adventure.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2007 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.