From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K—Franny is a sweet little girl who plans a picnic for her seven stuffed animals. The simple outing runs into trouble when the two smallest guests, Itty Bitty Kitty and Little Heddy, fall into a hole and can't get out. When Franny does a count to check on her friends, she realizes that the two are missing. The remaining toys and Franny use teamwork to carry out a successful search and rescue. The adventurers head home after this happy conclusion to their busy afternoon. Kruusval's pastel-shaded illustrations capture the story's charm. Young viewers will enjoy helping Franny to keep track of her (six furry and one feathered) friends through the book's uncluttered design. Each animal is drawn with a liveliness that will seem wholly believable to a young child engaged in imaginative play. An excellent addition.—Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA
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Every day Franny plays with her seven friends—Croakie Crow, Barry Bear, Honey Bunny, Ginger Giraffe, Dashie Doggy, and the two smallest, Little Heddy Hedgehog and Itty Bitty Kitty. One sunny morning she dresses them all and takes them on an outing, proud to be leading the way. But as they run down the steep hill, the two little friends can’t keep up, and they stumble and fall. No one hears their shouts for help until, when it’s time to go home, the others miss them, find them, and pull them out of a hole. When they finally set off for home, the little ones are in the middle, and this time Franny puts herself last to watch what’s going on. The playful outdoor tale, translated from the Swedish and illustrated with lively, double-page watercolors, will appeal to young adventurers, as will the depiction of being nurtured and loved, and of what it means to be the boss. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Hazel Rochman