Monday, July 23, 2012

STICK by Steve Breen

Lexile    Beginning Reader               Pages    44                 Ages    4 - 8

Stick is a very independent little froggy, always telling Mama Frog that he can do things "all by himself."  One day, aiming for a tasty mosquito lunch, Stick misses and latches on to a big, strong dragonfly instead.  With his sticky tongue, Stick can't let go and WHOOSH!  Stick is yanked off his lily pad and into the sky.  He sails along - through the swamp, a back yard, a living room, and into the city where animals and people alike are astounded to see a flying frog.  He is finally able to let go but his journey isn't yet done.  Stick is far, far from home and feels very alone.  He realizes that it is time to ask for help so he asks a heron, who flies Stick back to his lily pad and Mama Frog, who is thrilled to have him back.

Little Stick is full of confidence and independence - which is a good thing!  But children need to know that there comes a point in every one's life that they need to ask for help, and that it's not only okay to ask, but smart.  The colorful and humorous illustrations get this across in a fun way.  Steve Breen's Stick, a 2009 Young Hoosier Award nominee, would be a great addition to your collection.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Stick can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

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