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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: Redfeather Book
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805062211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805062212
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,221,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-A sweet chapter book for beginning readers. Mr. and Mrs. Noah have every kind of pet in the world in their ark-shaped, seven-level pet shop that spans two city blocks. Lonely little Sophie lives in a high-rise apartment building across the street from the park, overlooking the shop. She makes two impossible wishes, one for a pet and another for cousins, and a third not-quite-so-impossible wish-to visit The Noahs' Ark. At the same time, Mr. and Mrs. Noah are thinking about how lucky they are to have everything they have ever wanted-except children. They make one impossible wish-for grandchildren. When Sophie's seventh birthday arrives, her parents agree to take her to the pet shop. Thus begins a beautiful relationship between a lonely child with no extended family and a childless couple. Whimsical black-and-white, pen-and-ink drawings on every page encourage young imaginations to fill in the details. One can almost see dreams and wishes in the shadows. Readers will approve of Sophie's ability to handle the responsibility of crossing the street alone and feelings of importance that are granted her by her parents and the Noahs. They may expect miracles from the beginning, but the realistic ending suits the lovely story. "'You see,' said Mr. Noah, 'sometimes when you can't have something that you want very badly, you find something else instead.'" Beginning readers will be completely satisfied.
Kit Vaughan, Midlothian Middle School, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 2-3. Seven-year-old Sophie, who lives with her parents and twin baby siblings in a top-floor apartment, has two wishes: she wants a pet and cousins to visit (the family is from a distant, unnamed country and has no relatives nearby). From her window, she can see a marvelous pet shop, The Noah's Ark, across the street. The shop is run by Mr and Mrs. Noah, who have a wish of their own: grandchildren. On her seventh birthday, Sophie persuades her parents to take her to the shop, and before long, she is carefully crossing the street and walking through the park by herself to help the Noahs care for their incredible assortment of animals. By the end of this short, sweet book, originally published in Australia, all the wishes have come true, if not literally, then where it counts--in the heart. Suggest this to children ready for slightly more challenging chapter books: the manageable blocks of text, grade-appropriate vocabulary, and lighthearted line drawings by Kerry Millard (reminiscent of Quentin Blake's) will speed the reading along. The story has great read-aloud potential, as well. Catherine Andronik
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By littlebird on November 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read this to my 3 and 6 year old boys, and they just loved it! It only took us a few days to read through. This book touches on emotions that are appropriate for children. The little girl is sort of brushed aside by her parents because of her new twins siblings. She doesn't get a birthday party b/c her parents are too busy, which my boys found sad. However, she is very welcomed by the sweet older couple that owns the pet store. And her parents do step up and encourage her in spending time with them. I think that this book is a VERY realistic approach to life for many children, and sparks hope and encourages friendships. We truly enjoyed it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's about a girl named Sophie and two people, Mr. and Mrs. Noah. They build a pet shop that looks like an ark full of all these different, wonderful creatures. Sophie wants to visit this wonderful pet shop. Mr. and Mrs. Noah want her to help them. Will she get to help? Read this book and find out!

Shannon, age 9 1/2
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By J. Grambo on August 26, 2009
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A sweet book about an older couple who own a pet store and wish for a child, and a 7-year-old girl who loves pets and wishes for grandparents. Not as entertaining as Orr's Mokie and Bik. Ages 5-8
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My 2 daughters (ages 5 and 6) adore this story. We read the whole book over dinner because I think none of us wanted the story to stop... Highly recommended for little (and big) girls.
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