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Squeak's Good Idea Hardcover – October 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763615919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763615918
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,986,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This amiable toddler book about independence and planning ahead features a timorous baby elephant with whom young readers will easily identify. When his family is too busy to play, Squeak decides to brave the outside world himself. Each time he opens the door, he thinks of one more thing he needs a scarf, an umbrella, a picnic basket just to be "on the safe side." Benson (Owl Babies) adeptly captures Squeak's anxious anticipation of trouble. At the same time, the agreeable watercolor, pen and ink paintings feature cozy scenes and plenty of cheery spot art that lend a tone of reassurance to Squeak's solitary quest. Happily, as the apprehensive elephant takes literally one careful step at a time to the tree at the end of his walled garden, his worst fears are cheerfully allayed. Squeak's emotions are conveyed in the illustrations rather than the text, and Eilenberg's (Cowboy Kid) narrative captures spot-on the toddler mindset. Ages 2-6.

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From School Library Journal

reS-Gr 2-Squeak is ready to go outside, but he cannot convince anyone in his family to join him. So the young elephant carefully and thoughtfully prepares for his solo adventure, peering out the door to check the weather, adding articles of clothing, an umbrella, and a basket full of good things to eat, "just to be on the safe side." The quiet humor of this story is played out in the punch line-the great outdoors is a small, walled-in backyard. Benson's pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations perfectly capture the young one's trepidation, and his small universe. The gentle text with some repetitions makes this a good choice for a read-aloud.

Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Betts on March 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Squeak, an adorable little elephant, wants to go outside, but everyone is busy. When he decides to go alone, Squeak takes along everything he might need while he is outside. Benson has created a wonderfully warm setting for this elephant family. The full page spreads show a surprisingly realistic family and neighborhood setting. A great read aloud for its predictability. Young children will relate to Squeak and his independence, and will be comforted by the love and affection shown by his family.
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