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The Wonderful Book Hardcover – November 1, 2010

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PreS-K–A rabbit comes upon a book lying abandoned in the forest and turns it into a makeshift shelter. A growly bear spies it and wants to use it as a hat. Some mice decide it will make a perfect table and a fox turns it into a bed. When a child comes along, he recognizes the object with delight, sits down, and begins to read aloud. The animals gather round to listen, and the story turns out to be about a rabbit, a bear, some mice, etc. All agree it is a wonderful book. The story is simple, but could lead to a discussion of things intended for one purpose that could be used for another. Gore's watercolor and ink illustrations are simple but subtle and will have broad appeal. Roger Duvoisin's Petunia (Knopf, 1950) still stands as the classic for children to understand what books are really for, but its slightly longer and more complex plot requires a somewhat older audience.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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What is that red-jacketed thing with pages on the ground? Rabbit wonders. Slipping inside it, he finds it makes a cozy house. A big brown bear scares off Rabbit and uses it as a hat. But when he loses it, a family of mice find that the item makes a good picnic table. And so it goes, with several other creatures discovering unique uses for this mysterious object. Only when a little boy knowingly picks it up does the book get full use. He reads to the gathered animals a story about, well, a curious little boy who finds a book. The short, straightforward text is well matched by the whimsical, oversize animal figures that fill up the pages. Gore’s artwork and writing bode well for group storytelling, especially for preschoolers, who will feel so much smarter than the cast of characters. In a time when some people wonder about the need for books, it’s good to have a story that finds so many diverse uses. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 390L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545085985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545085984
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on January 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is such a great book for young readers and those who can't yet read. The Wonderful Book is the story of a red book found in the woods, and what each animal large and small thinks it is as they come upon it. The book is a hat, a house, a picnic table and more. When the little boy finds the book towards the end of the story, he sits and reads the story to all the animals who thought this wonderful red book was something else.

My kids loved finding out what each animal did with the book. It's an engaging read for pre-school aged and K aged kids. Any book the captures my children's attention and makes the laugh out loud is one I highly recommend picking up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kendal A. Rautzhan on February 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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Read aloud: age 2 ½ and older.
Read yourself: age 7 - 8.

One day, a little brown rabbit is hopping about in the forest when he comes across a book. Not knowing what a book is, he decides the object will make a good house for him. Not long thereafter, a bear disturbs the rabbit, and takes the book to use as a fancy hat. Other forest animals use the book for various other things, but it isn't until a boy comes along, discovers the book, sits down and reads the story aloud, that the animals understand what a treasure the book really is.
Wonderful illustrations and a charming story will capture the imaginations of children while delivering the strong message that books and their stories are great fun, indeed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 3 on November 9, 2011
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A Very special book ! I smiled through the whole book and was surprised by the ending! It is everything a kids book should be! It leaves kids thinking!.... My 7 year old said "hey I could write a book about my day". And it keeps kids interested! .... My 3 yr old knew it by heart and asked for it so many times that I had to return it to the library late and then go buy it! Just a WONDERFUL book!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Drjb on May 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is another wonderful book by Leonid Gore. We loved When I Grow Up and Worms for Lunch (especially my three year old), and this one is another success. His books always contain beautiful illustrations and smart, witty text that is simple enough for a child yet clever enough for an adult. This one would be especially great for slightly older preschoolers who will undoubtedly find it funny that animals don't know what books are for.
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Leonid Gore's THE WONDERFUL BOOK provides an original tale asking about a strange object and a clever boy who knows what the object is. The object can be different things to different animals, but only the boy can reveal its true meaning in this fun account.
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