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Grade 1-3AIn this beginning reader, the young members of the Animal Rescue Club help a squirrel drowning in mud, an opossum stuck in a rooftop gutter, and a goose with a wounded foot. The creatures are taken to an animal hospital where an adult oversees their care. After they have recovered, the children release the creatures back into their habitats. Cartoon illustrations show the club in action. Although an author's note explains that it is dangerous to approach injured animals and that wildlife rehabilitators must be trained and licensed, adults do not assist with the rescues and no mention of training is made in the narrative. The images in the story contrast with the warnings: a youngster rides his bike with a squirrel peeking out of his backpack, a boy totters on a high ladder with an opossum clinging to his shirt, and a girl puts her arms around a huge goose that is pulling her hair. While this book features characters that do important work with courage and competence, issues about safety and the proper treatment of wild animals make it a questionable choice.AAdele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Himmelman is the illustrator of Hanukkah Lights, Hanukkah Nights, and several other children's books, including the popular Buzby, an I Can Read Book by Julia Hoban. He lives in Killingworth, CT.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 4
  • Series: I Can Read Book 4
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (February 27, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064442241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064442244
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Himmelman is an author/illustrator of nearly 80 books for children and books (for grown up kids) on various nature topics. He graduated School of Visual Arts in 1981, with his first book "Talester the Lizard" published later that year. Talester came about as a final assignment to create a story in his children's book illustration class. His teacher, Dale Payson, liked it enough to show to her editor at Dial - and thus began a career that continues today.

Himmelman's children's book genres range from whimsical to natural history. He is a naturalist, involved in many organizations where he gives lectures and leads trips in search of exciting flora and fauna (it all excites him). He strives to incorporate his interests with his career as an writer and illustrator because... it just makes both more fun. Sometimes, though, he just wants to make the reader laugh.

In his spare time, he plays guitar, goes on nature photography quests, and practices martial arts. He co-runs Green Hill Martial Arts (www.greenhillmartialarts.org) where he teaches Hapkido and trains in Jeet Kune Do.

Oh, and he likes books, of course - reading them is as much as writing them: Fantasy, history, and graphic novels top the list.

In 2014 Himmelman started a children's book writer/illustrator critique group where published and "pre-published" writers/artists in this genre can hone their work.

He lives with his wife Betsy in Killingworth, CT. Betsy is also an artist, and teaches art at the local high school. They have two adult children, Jeff (artist in CA) and Lizzie (business owner in PA). And there's always the usual menagerie of dogs, cats, and chickens keeping him company throughout the day.

Websites? He's got 'em:

1) www.johnhimmelman.com (homepage)
2) https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Himmelman-Childrens-Books-Natural-History-Books/107356035970569?ref=bookmarks (facebook)
3) www.greenhillmartialarts.org (his school)
4)http://allthingsreconsideredagain.wordpress.com (blog)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
My second grader is devoring books these days. She has been reading a number of the "I Can Read Chapter Books". Of these books, this was her favorite. She liked the characters - spunky girl, timid boy, and kind boy that took care of the animals. She is hoping that the Animal Rescue Club will come out with more adventures.
She found the story credible and exciting. She would give this book a thumbs up!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I used this book to help my Brownie Troop earn a badge. It was a wonderful introduction into discussion of helping animals. The exciting advenutre with its endearing characters is followed by a brief, but effective explanation of what children should and should not attempt with real wild animals. After hearing this story, the girls decided to take on a volunteer project at a local animal shelter. We are waiting for the next adventure of The Animal Rescue Club to see what it inspires.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scot A Dahl on April 9, 2014
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Great book for small group reading. The children really enjoyed the story. The situations in the story held their interst and they couldn't wait to find out what happen next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara M on October 10, 2011
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I understand the concern that partially surrounds this book, i.e., does it encourage children to engage in potentially risky behaviors in order to help animals, but I think this book does a lot more good than harm. For example, I doubt that by reading this book, a child would be compelled to free an opossum from a roof gutter. Yes, I suppose that could happen, but realistically, I doubt it. What this book does really well is get kids and their parents talking about the respectful treatment of animals. It also encourages children to treat animals with kindness, which is fantastic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on February 6, 2013
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My two and a half year old loves this book. She makes us read it over and over again so it's become a bribe. A bite for page with dinner, a chapter while sitting on the potty... She just loves this book and animals. I like that one of the children, Mike, has limited vision and can't ride a bike but can help feeling for broken bones on a goose's foot. Books that have a realistic, concrete, and easy to discuss example of different abilities aren't that common. I just wish there were more of the animal rescue club. This reads like the start to a series, but doesn't seem to have any more adventures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the gunner VINE VOICE on November 25, 2010
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Animal Rescue Book
(1998)
An "I Can Read Chapter Book".

Jeffrey, Beaner and Raymond form an animal rescue club.

I highly recommend this for beginning readers who have mastered Level 3.

Gunner November, 2010
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My friend doesn't really read much BUT she read this and ate it up and she is 37 years old. Cute, great little pictures and I imagine perfect for a little pet lover too.
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