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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 460L (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140567224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140567229
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this clever companion picture book to their hilarious etiquette guide, It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel, the Buehners use wit and very punny humor to tackle the issue of ethics for children. The multiple-choice format here translates into more of a spirited guessing game than a classroom-style quiz. On each spread one or more animal characters faces an ethical dilemma (should Ima Scalebody the fish cheat on her test? Should Howie Hogg clean up the toys he took out?). Readers are encouraged to assess the situation and choose a suitable (and usually obvious) answer from three selections. As one of the many visual bonuses in this volume, the letter of the correct response is hidden somewhere in Mark Buehner's illustration. The artist's passion for visual surprise doesn't end there: he has also concealed bumblebees, cats, rabbits and dinosaurs, among other things, in each of his lush and expressive oil-and-acrylic paintings. From a school of fish in an underwater classroom to rats in a cafeteria, the artist tweaks familiar settings by populating them with his own gently anthropomorphic animal kingdom. Caralyn Buehner's snappy, alliterative text makes for an exuberant read-aloud, perfect for sharing between parent and child. Grown-ups will guffaw over such aptly named critters as the flies Buzzer and Annoya McFly, and rats Diseasa and Fungusto. But best of all, this book brims with the sort of solid values every child should learn: never lie, follow the rules, obey your parents and think of others. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3AFollowing the format of their popular picture book about manners, It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel (Dial, 1995), the Buehners now take on behavioral issues. On each double-page spread, readers are given three choices, two of them obviously wrong and quite amusing, and must pick the proper behavior for the animal in question. Situations include promising to do something until a more attractive offer comes along; considering a lie to avoid punishment; wanting to cheat on a test; and being tempted to destroy or litter property. The language is filled with tongue-tripping alliteration and wit: "Run over Rudy's red rubber radio repeatedly." The large, bright illustrations, executed in oils and acrylics, sustain the text's humor. A group of fish are, literally, in school; a bat reads Wait Until Dark; Santa and his reindeer fly across the Arctic sky; and a fish has a packet of Gummy Worms. Children can search the illustrations for the letters of the correct answers and check their responses in the answer key. Many animals are also hidden in each picture. This title will provide ample material for class discussions on moral conduct while at the same time inviting individual readers to pore over the illustrations to discover the many visual jokes.AMarianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

The husband-and-wife team behind the best-selling Snowmen at Night and Snowmen at Christmas, Caralyn and Mark Buehner are also the creators of the award-winning Fanny's Dream. Upcoming collaborations include an original fairy tale about a lonely princess who decides to become a hairdresser. They live in Utah with their nine children.

You can find more information about Mark and Caralyn's books and upcoming signings by visiting their website at www.buehnerbooks.com.

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My 4 year old granddaughter loves this book.
Kayaker
This book really explains to children what it is like when someone says that they are sorry.
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She also enjoyed looking for the hidden answer in the picture for each short story.
One happy old Crone

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2002
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I was really disappointed in this book when I received it. Based on what I'd read, it seemed like the right book to teach my 4-year-old son about saying you're sorry, admitting when you did something wrong, etc. The details section even says this book is good for kids 4-8. However, the lessons taught in this book deal with a far more sophisticaeted, responsible world than that of a 4-year-old. For example, one page deals with a bat who is supposed to stay home and take care of his baby sister while his mother goes out. His friends ask the bat to come outside and play and the bat has to decide whether to keep his promise to his mom and be responsible or go play. A totally inappropriate story for a 4-year old who should never responsible for another child. In addition, in a story about respect for others' property, one of the possible answers is "'Cool' means you never have to say you're hairy." This answer is NOT something my 4-year-old would ever understand and is just one example of answers which are confusing (and meaningless) to 4-year olds. I intend to return this book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My six year old loves this book and I like it because it shows common things kids might do (but done by cute animals--lying, being nice to others, cheating, etc.) with funny multiple choices and hidden letters in the pictures. Lots of good puns. (Pig plays at grandma's, before he leaves he should a. pick up toys, b. tweeze his snout hairs or c. tell grandma she lives in a pigsty.) Cute pictures too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Coulson on September 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
The format of this book with scenarios and multiple choice options gives kids an excellent way to practice making good choices. The answers are somewhat obvious, but the writing is clever and funny and kids love looking for the hidden answer in the excellent illustrations. As a primary level teacher I found this book to be an excellent springboard for discussions about rules, choices and the consequences of ones actions.
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As a question and answer type book, your child will soon remember where to locate the correct answer in each picture. However, that's when you can move to the next fun phase of the book.

Hidden in each of the illustrations you're sure to find dinosaurs, bumblebees, cats, and all sort of recognizable creatures. The authors have imaginatively hidden these animals using subtle shading and coloration, they're really hard to pick out! It's even more rewarding when you're finding them all for the 25th time, and suddenly come across one you've never seen before. Your child will get so much out of exploring these pictures, this book is really worth getting.
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By One happy old Crone on February 26, 2009
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I bought this for my 6 year old. It is a series of short paragraphs with a multiple choice section at the end of each one. The stories are cute and funny, and she really got into thinking about the "right thing to do". Each short story has a different moral-example-saying sorry, telling the truth, being responsible, not following the crowd etc..She also enjoyed looking for the hidden answer in the picture for each short story. A great book-with good examples on doing the right thing.
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This book really explains to children what it is like when someone says that they are sorry. Received very quickly and would use this user again.
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