From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Stew Rabbit and Opal Owl love everything about the library, and they enjoy learning about how to find, check out, and take care of books. The titles include up-to-date technology such as self-checkout, downloading e-books, and using online searches for research. Bright cartoon illustrations fill the pages opposite the texts. Glossaries provide definitions of boldfaced words found in the text and use them in sentences. For example, after defining the word, "record," readers are told, "Opal read the record to see if the book was in the library." "Tips to Remember!" in each title highlight strategies Stew and Opal use. While the stories err on the cheesy side, they do put real situations into a story context, which works for young readers.α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Who hasn’t dropped a book in the bathtub? But perhaps it’s best not to reassure little ones about that. In this Library Skills series title, a rabbit boy, Stew, and his chicken friend, Opal, visit the library, where first-timer Opal gets a lesson on how to care for books: stack them neatly, hold them close so they don’t fall, never turn down pages, and most of all, don’t get them wet! Still, accidents can happen as the duo learn when Opal’s pup makes a dash across the pages, ripping them. Mom cheerfully tells the kids that Opal will have to pay a fine, but fines help buy new library books. The graphics are bold cartoons that attract attention, and the commonsense advice is good. But why, oh why, does the librarian have to say shhh on the second page? Grades K-3. --Ilene Cooper