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Lizette's Green Sock Hardcover – May 23, 2005

4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–What is the use of one green sock? That is the central question asked (and very satisfactorily answered) here. When an intrepid young bird finds and sports her verdant treasure, she is teased by the nefarious feline brothers, Tom and Tim. Their limited imaginations can only conceive of socks in pairs. Lizette's rodent pal, Bert, envisions another use for the footwear, proudly modeling the cap concept. More teasing, a caring mother, and a fishy friend add interest to this celebration of the ordinary–and of friendship. Valckx's droll caricatures, executed in watercolor, are brimming with personality. Adept at understatement, the illustrator uses spare backgrounds and strong outlines to convey a mood in a minimum of strokes: dejected shoulders, a wilted flower, a coquettish kerchief on Mama speak volumes. Pair this with Kristine O'Connell George's One Mitten (Clarion, 2004) or other favorite tales of creativity.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* PreS-K. Utterly simple and springtime fresh, this French import tells of a charming little bird whose fashion sense, like that of many young children, is decidedly unconventional. One sunny day, Lizette finds a single green sock. Marveling at her good luck ("You don't find a beautiful sock like this every day!"), she proudly struts forth modeling the droopy, ill-fitting footwear. Two bullying cats inform her that socks are useful only in pairs, and after an unsuccessful search for its mate, she returns home despondent. Supportive pal Bert demonstrates that her find makes a very good cap, and Mother helps by knitting a matching sock--which Lizette, following her friend's resourceful lead, promptly places on her head. Valckx conveys an impressive range of mood and action through spare, swooping brushstrokes, and pale tones of lemon, mint, and sky blue allow the kelly green of the sock to draw the eye instantly. A hilarious postscript to the story's main action will give children a laugh for the road. Fastidious parents may shudder over the premise of donning discards found in the street, but concern over sockborne illnesses will evaporate in the presence of this indomitable character and her spot-on experience of a familiar childhood drama. Jennifer Mattson
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD320L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; Tra edition (May 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618452982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618452989
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Boaz on November 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a cute little story but what I enjoy most are the pictures. After repeatedly checking it out at the library for my 3 year old (per his request), we finally purchased it. He loves the story and said he wishes Lizette was real because she would be a nice friend. :)
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I love this story. It is very original. I use it every year with 1st graders in a lesson to promote imaginative thought.
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GREAT BOOK TO READ TO YOUR CHILD AND FOR YOUR CHILD TO READ TO BY THEMSELF WHEN THEY GET OLDER
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By L. Floyd on October 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a very cute book beautifully illustrated. The story gets a little lost in translation. Overall a cute addition to any book collection.
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My daughter loves this book. Nice illustrations and sweet friendship story line. It is definitely a keeper for her. Thanks.
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