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Frank and Izzy Set Sail Hardcover – March 8, 2004

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–A sweet look at two friends who explore their differences. Frank, a bear, is quiet, shy, and ultra-organized, while spontaneous Izzy, a rabbit, loves adventure and exploration. Their sailing trip to Crescent Island for an overnight camping excursion is a bit more than they bargain for, with Izzy getting injured and timid Frank having to take the lead, but the two realize that they are a good team. The gouache resist artwork captures the characters' personalities to a tee and the gorgeous landscapes depict an appealing outdoor experience despite the minor mishaps. While the quiet text may prove too lengthy for group sharing, the colorful art is full of charming details that are perfect for poring over.–Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 1. There's a fine tradition of picture books about friends who are opposites, and this fits nicely in that niche. Frank's a stolid bear, happy to stay home and play the ukulele. Izzy, a rabbit, likes adventure, and though Frank at first demurs, he finally accompanies her on a sailing jaunt and an overnight campout--though not before packing practically all he owns. The camping trip is fraught with noises and near misses, and Izzy hurts her paw. But Frank has brought bandages and steps up to get them home when she can't handle the tiller. In the end, both of them come to a new appreciation of the other's strengths, and the underlying message about trying new things (or trying to be more conservative in one's actions) comes across subtly. Using gouache resist as her medium, Kvasnosky creates spreads or encircled vignettes to capture the friendship as well as the scenic pleasures of being on the water and camping out. With simply drawn figures and everything outlined in black, the pictures neatly reflect children's artwork. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (March 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763621463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763621469
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,028,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ryan R. Kelly on October 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Frank and Izzy Set Sail is a charming story about a somewhat mismatched duo and their adventure away from home. One lives the calm life, preferring his ukulele and a comfortable chair; the other lives the adventurous life, preferring wind in her sail and waves at her bow.

When Izzy drops by with an invitation for adventure, Frank grudgingly accepts. Packing enough provisions for massive expedition, Frank earns his sea legs and the two reach their destination: Crescent Island. A somewhat spooky night at the campsite teaches Frank and Izzy an important lesson: they can rely on each other, and in doing so, they end up enjoying their camping adventure to the fullest-Frank even navigates the boat home. With these two, it seems that even a mismatched pair can become the best of friends.

Although the illustrations in this story are rather simple, some with shifting centers of focus and multiple panels per page (in a way, like a comic book), the strength of this story is by far in the dialogue. Laura McGee Kvasnosky creates a pair of characters that converse realistically, in a way that a younger audience will easily grasp-and take to heart. Frank and Izzy share witty and entertaining dialogue in a very human way.

Frank and Izzy Set Sail is a story that is uplifting, entertaining, and appropriate for any occasion. Teachers will even find teachable moments ranging from the musical (Frank's ukulele) to the nautical (Izzy's jibe and rudder). Young readers even have a strong female role in Izzy. This book will definitely leave youngsters of early elementary age both dreaming of sailing to new places, and sharing stories and songs by campfire.
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