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Grade 1–3—Tobias, a mole with an unusual bird-shaped head and dolphinlike grin, enjoys a solitary life digging tunnels and collecting shiny pebbles. When he invites a neighbor to see his prized collection, his visitor warns him that there are robbers nearby who "especially love shiny pebbles." Tobias frantically hides, moves, and rehides the pebbles, becoming so exhausted that he falls asleep, waking to find the treasure has been stolen by his visitor, who leaves behind a single colored stone and a mocking note. The soft-focus colored-pencil shades and patterns of the pebbles become more intricate over time as Tobias's collection expands, and Delessert's use of the same medium conveys an increasing sense of panic with ominous swirls and outsize shapes as Tobias is preoccupied with thoughts of the impending intruders. The main character dominates the page when he is happily admiring his collection and is drawn small as though overwhelmed by his fears in scenes prior to the robbery. His nightmarish worries may be frightening to small children at first, but these images are offset by those of the colorful patterned stones. Tobias certainly seems to bounce back quickly, resolving to gather new stones (in the next spread he has an impressive new collection) and be wiser next time. The message of sharing secrets with strangers, and, for older students, the folly of obsessing over material possessions may be worthy discussion points.—Lynne Mattern, Robert Seaman School, Jericho, NY
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A dark fable about the power of thought. . . . Delessert's willingness to enter the recesses of Tobias's mind . . . shows how seriously he takes children.
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Not trusting strangers is always worth discussing, and Delessert's art is always worth a look.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (March 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618734740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618734740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,156,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nodsu on March 4, 2010
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My 4yo likes it, it`s kind of wierd how paranoid the character becomes, but it does have a good point nd i like, that it gives some variety to all these pink and ruffly princess books
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Todd Malcolm on March 22, 2010
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I haven't read it with my son yet, my wife has. I hope it doesn't have any liberal/socialist propaganda in it, but I can't say for sure?? It was cheap, so I bought it. We are going to teach our son how to read, then how to work, and then to be responsible for his own actions. Even though we have an indokenyan that has usurped the whitehouse and wants a nation of dimwitted sheeple. What a travesty...that's important, not some stupid book.
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