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Gem Hardcover – April 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316203343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316203340
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* "Luminous watercolor, pen and ink illustrations. A palette of fresh greens and yellows heralds springtime, while varying frame sizes and perspectives allow readers to view the realistically rendered toad's cross-country ramble from multiple view.... A stunning gem indeed."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Hobbie clearly delights in painting the arrival of spring, and Gem is its living embodiment."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Hobbie's watercolor with pen-and-ink illustrations are wonderful. The toad is depicted realistically while still imbued with personality and comic expressions, making it an engaging character.... a nearly wordless toad-a-riffic time."—School Library Journal

"The watercolor and ink pictures themselves are a pure and verdant delight.... a welcome reminder of spring and of the truth that, like all wild animals, 'toads are not pets. They want to be free, like everything does.'"—The Bulletin

"Gracefully illustrated."—Booklist

"A shining star in the collection of Holly Hobbie books."—Library Media Connection

About the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years and is the author of eleven highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books as well as Fanny, Fanny and Annabelle, and Everything but the Horse. She has also written an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie.

More About the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years and is the author of seven previous and highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books, as well as an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie. The mother of grown children, she lives with her husband in Conway, Massachusetts

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Format: Hardcover
I am sure that most readers have heard the term, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Well I most certainly have no argument with that statement and feel there is great truth in it. That being so, I can assure you that you will be getting your monies' worth as far as "words" go in this delightful work as the entire story, for the most part, is composed of pictures. There is no text. (More about that later).

The lack of text though makes little difference in this case, as the artist has told a story through her water color and ink paintings that is much better done than many children's books I read that are full of words. It is a great skill to tell a comprehensive story that will hold a child's attention and it is even a greater skill to be able to pull this off without saying a word. The author/artist, Holly Hobbie as most certainly mastered this technique and given us one of the most unique works I have read or viewed in quite some time now.

I say there is not text, but the book does open with a brief letter from Gran to Hope and closes with a brief letter from Hope to Gran. After the opening letter the story begins; and what a charming and actually informative story it is.

A little toad emerges from its wintering hole in the ground and begins searching; begins a journey. We follow the little toad through field and pond and across roads. Hazards they are many, but toad persists. Eventually toad finds a mate and then there are many little toads. Finally in "Gran's Garden" the little toad is picked-up by a little girl. You can tell a debate is going on in the child's mind - "make this a pet?" But fortunately the toad is released to continue living in the garden and doing toad things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By elanorh on April 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully illustrated book. It begins with a note from a Grandma to her granddaughter - which is followed by wordless illustrations of a toad's journey to the Grandma's garden the previous summer, where granddaughter found the toad. Essentially, the illustrations follow the toad from awakening after winter's hibernation all the way to (one assumes) a peaceful fall night looking at the moon. That picture is followed by the girl's letter back to her Grandma thanking her for the pictures. The final page has some additional information about toads (Did you know toads can live up to 40 years?).

The illustrations are charming, and I like the convention of stories where, lacking written words, children are able to describe the story in their own words as they read. The science added in the granddaughter's letter and the fact page brings the story beyond a beautifully illustrated journey, and into the realm of science, which my science-minded kids appreciated (5 and 8).

A good bedtime story book for kids who like frogs, toads, gardening, and nature - with a lesson to enjoy nature, but not try to capture toads etc., and a little science thrown in as well. I'd say this story would appeal most to 4-8 year olds (depending on how the 8 year old feels about bedtime stories and science - this is far below my 8 year old's reading level, but she enjoyed the illustrations and the science).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on July 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
How does Holly Hobbie do it? She somehow is able to tell the story of a toad in a way that is both beautiful and fresh and charming without edging into cutesy or preciousness. This wordless book depicts the spring of toad, a spring full of adventures and follies and near-fatal experiences as well as a little romance. The toad is completely at home in the animal world, yet, when he turns to look at us, I can almost see a wink and a grin.

Charming.
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My son is very interested in frogs. I bought this book for him to take to grandma's house. They love talking about the pages. The beautiful illustrations and sweet storyline (without text, except for the very end, as others have mentioned) are enough to keep adults interested through multiple readings.
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