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Look Both Ways: A Cautionary Tale Hardcover – July 14, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (July 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582349681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582349688
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,426,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-An appealing tale with an important message about safety. Filbert, an energetic gray squirrel wearing a red sweater and green beret, has several close calls because he forgets to look both ways before going into the street. After he survives a particularly harrowing dodge during which "Tires turn!/Rubber burns!" and "Fenders bend," he finally and tearfully gets the message. The fast pace and simple rhyme scheme of the narrative will quickly engage young readers. Rendered in ink and watercolor, the illustrations use warm autumn hues to depict adorable animal characters. The squirrels are clothed in quaint costumes that give a nostalgic tone to the pictures. Weidner does a good job of juxtaposing the enormity of the vehicles on the streets with the fragility of little Filbert. This story could be used both to entertain and to teach.-Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
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About the Author

Diane Z. Shore is the author of Bus-a-Saurus Bop. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her family.

Jessica Alexander is a first-time author. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Teri Weidner grew up in Fairport, New York, and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. She has illustrated several books for children, including Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny by Jan Karon and Give Yourself to the Rain: Poems for the Very Young by Margaret Wise Brown. She lives with a menagerie of pets in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

More About the Author

After six years, 385 rejections, and too many sloppy copies to count, I finally signed my first book contract. But more than writing, my favorite thing about being an author is meeting the kids who read my books. I love to visit schools and inspire kids to read with my "A-Rockin' and A-Readin'!" school presentation, and to NEVER GIVE UP! Please visit my website for more info.
I like to write picture books, chapter books, early readers, poetry, non-fiction and games/puzzle pages. My work has been published in a variety of magazines including Highlights for Children, Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, Humpty Dumpty, Jack & Jill, Turtle, and various teaching magazines. Look in the March 2006 Highlights (inside back cover) to see my latest game!

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As parents how often have we reminded our children "to look both ways"? That caution is so frequently repeated that young ones probably tend to tune it out (along with much other sage parental advice, I'm sure). Nonetheless, this important habit is presented in such a fun, colorful manner in "Look Both Ways" that young ones may very well remember it.

Filbert, a young squirrel, is out playing soccer on a cool, crisp fall day when the soccer ball slides into the street. Running to retrieve it, Filbert is having far too much fun to look both ways.

His mother is at home in an old oak tree making acorn soup. She realizes that she doesn't have enough acorns so she asks Filbert to run to Granny's house and bring some back. She tells him to hurry, but also to be sure and look both ways.

Well, Filbert is such a jolly little rascal and so thoroughly enjoys everything he does that he forgets to look both ways when he crosses the street. On his way home with the acorns he's eager to return to his soccer game so he doesn't look for the cat who suddenly clamps a paw on his tail. Once he escapes from the cat he totally ignores a Stop sign on the next street corner and scurries out into traffic.

What happens to Filbert next is a good lesson for all children who are in too much of a hurry to observe safety rules. (Don't worry, it all ends well so youngsters will not be frightened - they'll just smile at Filbert's antics and hopefully learn a valuable lesson).

- Gail Cooke
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Filbert the squirrel loves to play soccer with his friends, and he likes to run around the neighborhood on errands, too. In fact, he's having so much fun he forgets to look both ways when dashing across the street. Rollicking rhymes and fun drawings liven up and lighten up this "cautionary tale".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on April 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I liked Filbert, the main character. But I'm concerned that little children might interpret the story differently than what the author intended and think it's OK if they don't look both ways because cars will always be able to look out for them even though they're not crossing in a safe manner. For example, in one of the illustrations, Filbert is darting in traffic all around him without crossing safely yet manages to get across the street. I'm a teacher and I wouldn't want my kids to read this book for this reason.
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