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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Serendipity
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Price Stern Sloan; Reprint edition (February 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084313819X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843138191
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

They are wonderful for the imagination with their beautiful illustrations.
Johnna M Boudreau
My mother gave me the book that contains 7 of the stories and that made me really want to track down and find them all again.
Aimee Aimee
Growing up as a child, my mother read the "Serendipity" books to me every night.
Jamie

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By shoutgrace on July 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Stephen Cosgrove's 'Serendipity' series teaches kids to deal with everyday situations in the world they live in. It provides them with positive solutions to difficult problems. all the charaters are whimsical and beautifully illustrated. There's lot more of these charming books. Collect all the Serendipity series books. Read them all. Start with this one. They're sure to entertain and teach children some valuable lessons they will remember.

In the first book of the series, 'Serendipity' is the story about a large pink sea monster who discovers she has important work to do as guardian of the seas. The moral is knowing who you really are will bring you happiness. Would I have ever known that a children's book could even teach me the meaning of true happiness. And I've been searching for a long time in lots of wordy adult books. The message is plain and simple. My favorites from the series are: 'Creole' (Don't judge people by the way they look.); 'Dragolin' (Believe in yourself-all things are possible.); 'Leo the Lop' (Being different makes you special because you're you.); Rhubarb (To have a friend you must ba a friend.); 'Wheedle on the Needle' (Cooperation can solve almost any problem.); 'Sooty Foot' (Friends don't take advantage of each other.); 'Jake O'Shawnasey' (If you believe in yourself you can do anything.); and 'Little Mouse on the Prairie' (Laughter makes work much easier.). All of these are guaranteed to give any child a good time in fun and learning. Like the name 'Serendipity' means "a fortunate discoveries by accident." And, these are quite the case.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have about 38 "Serendipity Series" books from Cosgrove including about 15 printed in the 70's. I am now in my 20's and am adding to my collection. I understand that several of the books are out-of-print, and I am looking for those. I concur with others who want a complete set made available. I would also like to see a web site devoted to the books. I can't wait to read these to my children (when I have them).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Serendipity books are the best written books in childrens literature. Just this morning, up in the attick, I found 13 of my favorites. Also, in the box I found my stuffed animal, you know, the one you keep forever. Along with a cup of tea and a rainy day, I read, and re-read every book I owned. The lessons in these books tought me to be a better person (Little mouse on the Prarie) and connect with my brave friend leo...I highly recommend these books for your children, and you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johnna M Boudreau on April 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
All I can say about these books is WOW. I remember reading them when I was 5 and 6(yes believe it or not I could read that well at that age) and loving to fall asleep with them so I could dream of unicorns and other creatures. Reading has been my passion my whole life and I have read more books than anyone I know. These take the cake. They are wonderful for the imagination with their beautiful illustrations. They are also wonderful for the soul with their morals and characters that touch you and make you feel you are a part of their world for a little while. I had a very difficult time finding these books until I found Amazon.com. So I send out a resounding "Thank you amazon.com!!!" Buy these books....you will not be dissapointed and your children will thank you. Now and forever.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shantonu on July 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Obviously this book is awesome, so I won't add anymore to what's already been said. However, everyone seems to have missed the environmentalism that the book espouses. Really cool for kids, huh.
Serendipity becomes a guardian of the ocean at the end. She finds her purpose, and it's to protect others in her environment. She finds meaning and purpose (symbolized by her name) in helping others! What a great message!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
I loved Cosgrove's books as a little girl- I had most of them in the early 70's. Serendipity and his other books send powerful messages to children about the importance of individuality and to love, cherish and respect ourselves, each other, and our earth. I would really like to see a complete set availiable!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Travis Shepard on March 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Love the story in this book, however I have an old copy from the 80's and the illustations are much better in that older version. It seem's they added more text to a picture to save on paper in the new version, and the picture's are not the same. But if you never have seen the book before, it is worth reading; it is a great story. I personally was disapointed that they changed the illustrations. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. J Pine on April 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I believe this is the pilot book in the series, and is certainly one of the most classic. Serendipity is in all likelihood a magical elasmosaurus who, after meeting a very special dolphin and walrus, is assigned the most noble task of all...guarding the great seas.
This wonderful book has gorgeous illustrations and I remember back as a child wishing I had it. Now, I finally have it thanks to Amazon (...) I read it and I don't regret that I did. Next to my all time favorites, those starring Squeakers the squirrel, this has become a fave, too. Actually, I think I love them all!
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