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The Collectors (Cork and Fuzz) Hardcover – March 13, 2008

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Book 4 of 5 in the Cork & Fuzz Series

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The fourth easy-to-read chapter book about Cork, the short muskrat, and Fuzz, the tall possum, once again tells a warm story about best friends who are different and sometimes scrappy, but still like each other and have lots of fun. In this book, the “stones” Fuzz collects hatch into ducklings, and the feather he has causes big mother duck to drag him to her nest. Cork, of course, comes to the rescue. McCue’s clear, lovely line-and-watercolor pictures show the mischievous, furry friends sometimes a little tense, but still “collecting laughs all the way home.” Grades K-2. --Hazel Rochman


-A welcome addition to a sweet, funny series.+-Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Cork and Fuzz (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670062863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670062867
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,033,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've always been a storyteller, a singer of nursery rhymes, a twister of truth. The oldest girl in a family of seven kids, I used my survival skills as a storyteller to keep my younger siblings from maiming each other in poking wars. I loved books and I'd read for hours. And I would 'live' in those stories. If the hero suffered, so did I. I once roller skated around our block twenty-eight times in a snow storm, mentally fighting the elements in the Yukon. I froze my butt off, but let me tell you - it was perfect suffering!

As an adult, I read to my twins often. Then because of a nagging need to do something creative, I began to write. I learned to submit my writing to children's magazine publishers, ever conscious of the postage money I was sure I was throwing away. But the challenge was there! The Yukon (and now the publishing world) needed to be tamed - to heck with the suffering or the cost of a stamp!

I sold my first story to Highlights for Children, then many more to that magazine, to Jack and Jill, Scholastic and others. I sold three picture books: A Hat for Lily, and In A Window on Greenwater Street, to Steck/Vaughn, and The Way The Tiger Walked, to Simon & Schuster. I was a published author! But I didn't feel like an author. At least I had the publishers fooled. Not one of them called to tell me it was all a huge mistake.

I left all these glories, and doubts, in the early '70's. Life called me in different directions for the next thirty years. We now had four daughters and schools that introduced us to that annoying word tuition. I went to work part time at various jobs - preschool, nursing home, medical clinic, hospital. I quieted my creative demon in snitches and snatches of small projects until 1997, when two amazing things happened. My daughter, Stacy DeKeyser, started to write, and I was introduced to this new, alien thing called a computer.

I had EMAIL! Stacy lived in Atlanta and cyber channels smoked with our back and forth messages about writing - she asking questions about my long ago experiences, and me, trying to remember. She introduced me to online writers' groups and after a few short months, I was drawn back into the world of writing.

My first picture book, On a Wintry Morning (illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson) appeared in the bookstores in October 2000. New books are reviewed and the reviews can be good or bad. If the reviewer writes: "Would someone please shoot this writer," that's bad. If the book is given a 'starred review,' that's good. On a Wintry Morning received two starred reviews (lucky me!) and also won the Archer/Eckblad Award for the best picture book to be written by a Wisconsin author in 2000. I was astonished. The book has a simple, rhyming text about a daddy and his baby daughter spending a wintry morning together. How appropriate is that, having watched my husband help raise four daughters?

With the help of my daughter and my writing friends, I think I'm becoming a good writer. In addition to a good number of picture books, I've written a series of five easy-to-read Cork and Fuzz books. It's been an interesting and pleasurable journey.

And why do I write? I can't give just one reason. But I think what comes closest to being the most important reason goes something like this. Close your eyes and imagine you hear a child laugh. Then imagine that you are the one who made him laugh. Can you feel that inner glow?

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By Joshua W. on December 26, 2014
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This series is just unbelievable. My husband and I fell in love with them and after years of borrowing them from the library we finally purchased them. If you haven't read them, start now! Our daughter is 3 now but we started reading it to her when she was 2. It's nice because this is one of those series where the kids get more and more each year and never tire of the stories. Sometimes we set it aside for a few months and never fail--come back to it to the joy of our girl!

The books are witty, clever, kind, funny and interesting. They touch upon interesting topics (friendship, differences) and yet show that it is OK to be different and still be great friends, respecting those differences and even teasing and laughing with one another about them. But it is all done very subtly and in a way that I think kids can really relate to. Each story has its own little twist and humor and our daughter really caught on to the humor and laughed out loud at some of it. I'm not sure how much she understood very well, but it is just as important that your kid know when a joke is being told than exactly what it is about--it shows them how things can be funny and reading can be silly and cute not just serious or educational.

It was also a great way to introduce the concept of chapters and several different stories within one book. This was a new concept but one our daughter will definitely use.

I really can't say enough about this series other than they are wonderful and you shouldn't wait another minute to get them! (: Also, just in case you had doubts--it is one of those series that is super fun for adults to read too! Enjoy!

A note about The Collectors specifically--this one is one of my daughters favorites because she gets how much fun collecting is and it really resonates with her!
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Cork was a muskrat and Fuzz was a possum. They were best friends, because as friends go, they had something in common . . . they collected things. Cork was into shiny stones, but Fuzz collected all kinds of interesting things from gum wrappers to feathers. Cork needed his friend's help to sweep the ground to see if he could find any more stones. "Ka-chee! Ka-chee!" The feather was tickling his nose. No stones.

Next they decided to go to Cork's pond as there were always lots of stones there and maybe they could find a feather for him. They came across some very unusual green stones, but Cork was a little leery of them and didn't think they were stones. All of a sudden they began to crack open. "Maybe they are baby buzzard bees!" said Fuzz. Oh, my! All of a sudden there were a lot of little ducklings to contend with and they thought Fuzz was their mother. Next thing you know there was a BIG buzzard bee and she was some mad. They would have to put their collecting on the back burner for a bit because the some unusual stuff was happening!

This was one of those cute books you can't wait to find out what happens in the end. The story is funny, the art work is detailed and the unlikely friendship endearing. This is a Viking Easy-To-Read book. This is a level two book for ages 5-8, grades K-2 and/or the beginning reader. It can be a read aloud book or can easily be read alone. This is an excellent book to discuss the value of friendships.
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My 4.5-year-old is beginning to read and though this book is still above her reading level, we were both drawn to the adorable characters and engaging storyline. Cork is a rather wise little muskrat who befriends a precocious possum named Fuzz. In this instalment, Cork and Fuzz, who are best friends by now, go hunting for stones which they both like to collect and end up finding some really large green 'stones' that turn out to be something else. The pair are soon engaged in a fun adventure! The stories are engaging and the full-color illustrations perfectly capture the two critters' antics. Highly recommended for beginner readers!
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