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In a Minute! (George and Ba) Hardcover – May 1, 2000


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"I Don't Like Koala" by Sean Ferrell and Charles Santoso
This darkly funny debut picture book celebrates imagination and bravery while addressing the dilemma: what to do about that stuffed animal who won’t stop staring. See more
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"I Don't Like Koala" by Sean Ferrell and Charles Santoso
This darkly funny debut picture book celebrates imagination and bravery while addressing the dilemma: what to do about that stuffed animal who won’t stop staring. See more

Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Series: George and Ba
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763612707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763612702
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Young Bartholomew the bear once again teams up with the older, wiser George for In a Minute! by Virginia Miller. Bartholomew just wants to play, but George has many chores to go before the two can frolic... and nap (after a prolonged playtime). Miller once again captures a toddler's sense of make-believe and gets the loving rapport between this pair of bears just right.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreS-K-The phrase "in a minute" has to be the bane of young children everywhere. Why must adults stack wood, hang laundry, and do dishes when it is obviously time to play? That's Bartholomew's conundrum, as he waits for George to finish his housework. When the older bear finally has time to spare, he discovers Bartholomew wants to carry firewood, bring in laundry, and sweep. Miller achieves just the right balance between the text and the illustrations. Her deceptively simple lines express many moods and lend enough detail to a scene without becoming busy. Thick pencil lines and colored markers emphasize the softness of the story and give a sense of homey comfort. The exception occurs when George loses his temper and "IN A MINUTE!" sprawls across the page in heavy pencil strokes. The placement of small frames between some full-page spreads conveys a sense of time passing as Bartholomew waits, and waits, and waits. A gray cat watches the proceedings, and, finally, sleeps contentedly by the picnicking bears, who have also fallen asleep at book's end. As with the other titles about these creatures, there are gentle lessons for both youngsters and adults.

Alison Kastner, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By North G. Grueskin on April 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Ba wants to play with George. George, like the typical busy parent, is too busy to play right away and needs to finish chores first. When George finally has time to play Ba surprises him with what he wants to play! A good life-lesson for us all! Super cute!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Turtle Mom on August 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My one year old son who has tons of books picked this one up at the libarary and we had to buy it! He absolutly loves it and has to hear it time and time again. I have it memorized!
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Format: Hardcover
The interactions between George and Bartholomew will seem very authentic to anyone caring for a toddler. Here, Bartholomew wants to play, but has to wait for George to finish his chores. Then it turns out that by "play," Bartholomew meant "help with chores." Cute!
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By R. Grimm on July 13, 2011
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We love this book. Bartholomew bear is adorable and it has a great story about real life. Sometimes we can't play until the chores are done and then the kids just want to play house! Too cute!
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