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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: NorthSouth (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735813183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735813182
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

One morning the postman delivers a new vacuum cleaner in a large carton, and later that afternoon a box addressed to "Mother" appears on the doorstep (astute readers will note similar markings on both packages). "What's this?" says Mother. A guessing game ensues as she imagines (with a wink) what might be inside. She feels "something soft and furry"; could it be a stuffed toy? Finally she opens the box flap by flap to find a pop-up surprise, her son: "It was one of a kind. And it was absolutely wonderful! ME!" Weninger (the author of the Davy books) creates a realistic and fun scenario based on the irresistible lure an empty cardboard box has for a child. The book will keep preschoolers guessingDand wriggling with suspenseDright through the buildup to the satisfying conclusion. Reichstein (The Eagle and the Wren) extends the conceit with drawings that picture the box's imagined contents (a big rubber ball pictured on a playground, a fat kitten) in a series of softly shaded X-ray views. The sleek design enhances the overall theme: the binding looks and feels like cardboard, cutout "handles" offer a peek at the endpapers and "stickers" proclaim the title, author, illustrator and so on. Ages 3-7. (Nov.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-A fun-filled package. Mother is delighted when the postman delivers a great big brown box. Inside is the new vacuum cleaner she ordered. Later that afternoon, the bell rings again and she finds a brightly painted package decorated with hearts and flowers with the word MOTHER clearly lettered on the front. Pushing the box into the hall, she wonders what it could be, hoping for a golden treasure or something soft and cuddly. Listening closely, Mother hears sounds of breathing and decides it must contain "something very special, something one of a kind, something absolutely wonderful." At this point the pages end and flaps resembling those on a cardboard box open to reveal a die-cut, pop-up child-Mother's very own cuddly treasure. Children will love the soft, playful pictures and the surprise ending.
Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My son giggles throughout this book and can't wait until the end when he can open the flaps and see the boy pop out. Each page is delightful and it is thrilling for preschoolers "again and again." Don't pass this gem up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn S. Kuhn on April 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Special Delivery is a great book for young children. My prescool class loved it.
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I bought this one way back as a "bargain book". All my kids have enjoyed it. It seems like it's no longer in print. If you can get a copy it packs a nice surprise for the little ones.
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