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Preschool to the Rescue Hardcover – April 1, 2001

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"Once there was a mud puddle," writes Sierra (Antarctic Antics), "and it was sleepy, it was creepy, it was deeper-than-you'd-think. When something went into that mud puddle, the mud puddle didn't want to let go." Hillenbrand (previously paired with Sierra for Counting Crocodiles) portrays the maniacal mud puddle as a grubby Jabba the Hut. Five different vehicles become stuck in the muck, but fear not: the artwork's comical pacing and perspective reveal the vehicles to be toys, and a nearby brave band of animal preschoolers comes to the rescue, outfitted in rain slickers and carrying "shovels and sand, and rocks and bricks, and rubber bands and Popsicle sticks." Gradually, the rain lets up and the sun pokes out. The soft prettiness of Hillenbrand's full-bleed watercolor-and-ink illustrations provides a soothing counterpoint to the menacing mud puddle and to the action's comic frenzy. Youngsters will instantly recognize their own voices, experiences and indefatigable energy in Sierra's narrative. What's more, they should also find the conclusion deeply satisfying: in a feast of unbridled mud-food making, the heroic preschoolers completely consume the rogue puddle. Ages 3-7.

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From School Library Journal

PreS-K-What a wonderful noisy book this is. Outside of the school is a huge, deep, and hungry mud puddle. Along comes the pizza van, "Beep, beep," and "Slurp"-the truck is stuck. The police car, the tow truck, the backhoe, and finally the fire engine come as rescuers but each one is swallowed up by the growing menace. Out of the school come the preschoolers carrying their shovels and pails and dressed in boots and rain gear. They attack the puddle as only preschoolers can, using up all of the mud and freeing the vehicles. They don't stop until the villain disappears. The cars beep and grind and roar and whistle and howl. The mud puddle slurps and glurps. Readers can virtually hear the trumpets shout as the preschoolers tear out of the school and joyfully set to work. The repetition and rhyme carry the story along and the fun doesn't stop until the book is closed. The artwork is perfect. The pizza truck dances along, bouncing confidently through the rain. The mud puddle lies in wait with a big, ugly, menacing face. Even the font shouts when it should. The animal characters are gleeful. And that just might be a sleeping mud puddle face under the wheelbarrow, waiting for the next rain. Make lots of sounds and have everyone join in the fun-children will love this one.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Gulliver Books; Ill edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152020357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152020354
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By IRENE CODY on May 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My 28 month old son absolutely loves this book. After reading it a half a dozen times in one day, he'll ask to read it "one more time". And if you don't read it to him, he will turn page by page and tell the story aloud, well his version anyway, which is pretty close to the book itself. Although he knows the story, and the ending, he will sit still with anticipation until the very end of the book, which is a nearly impossible task for a 2 year old. He loves the repetition of his favorite vehicles in the book, and no matter how many times he hears it, he giggles with delight at the in depth description of the "sleepy, creepy, deeper-than-you'd-think mud puddle". This book is an absolute must for any little boy who likes trucks & cars & puddles, and what little boy doesn't?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a simple, enjoyable story involving toy cars, a cute villain, mud pies, and preschool children as the heroes--ideal for reading to a preschooler!
The writing is simple, lyrical, and easy to remember. After only a few reads, our two-year-old knew the story well enough to act it out with her toys. The plot teaches that things that might seem a little scary can be overcome, and that with teamwork, anything is possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My 4 year old twin girls love this book. They both want to read it again and again. They know it by heart and they still want to read it.
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I read this to my girlfriend's three year old grandson one rainy afternoon not once, not twice but twelve times. He loved it, he loved the truck, the police car, in fact every vehicle stuck in the creepy mud. But once we turned the pages to see the animal preschoolers, well what can I say, the day was won. He didn't know if he wanted to be the piggies, the dog or what, all he knew was that he was going to help get those stuck cars and out of the mud. I absolutely loved seeing his face light up with laughter and delight. I also liked the book, easy to read to active little kids on any given day, but especially on a rainy wet day. Loved the illustrations as well. I recommend this book.
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So excited to find this book at a reasonable price. The language and rhythm of the book enthrall preschoolers and the end of the book is a delightful surprise!
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