Monday, April 11, 2011

Help! A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller

Lexile     450          Pages     32          Ages      4-8
AR Quiz No. 115909 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.3 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Hedgehog discovers Mouse covering himself with leaves and when he asks him why, Mouse says he is hiding from their friend Snake.  Again, Hedgehog asks, "Why?"  Mouse says that Fox told Skunk and Skunk told him that snakes are dangerous to mice.  Hedgehog convinces Mouse he has nothing to fear from their friend Snake and to come out from under the leaves, but Mouse is still afraid.  Not watching where he is going, Mouse stumbles into a deep, narrow hole and can't get out.  For various reasons Hedgehog and Mouse's other friends Rabbit and Squirrel can't get him out.

Who gets Mouse out of his predicament?

This is a story about friendship and trust coming up the winner when confronted by gossip.  The cute, clean illustrations, the simple story, and the friendly-looking animals make this a book that confronts the meanness of gossip in a way that is non-threatening to children yet gets the point across.

You can find Help! A Story of Friendship at any branch of the Lake County Public Library or click here for fast and easy pick-up at the Circulation Desk at your local branch.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

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