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Tiptoe Joe Hardcover – April 23, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 130L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; First Edition edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061772038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061772030
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-Gr 1-Tiptoe Joe is a gentle giant of a bear who wears red sneakers so he can minimize the noise he makes. He has a big secret that he wants to share. As he tiptoes through the wilderness, he invites the different animals he encounters to come along. The curious creatures include a donkey, rabbit, turkey, moose, owl, and beaver. Each one takes care to be as quiet as possible, despite having hooves, claws, and a cumbersome body. Their expressions reveal their cheerful expectations. In a long procession, they softly creep along to find the surprise. Because each animal makes a characteristic sound, Tiptoe Joe has to remind them to be quiet. The anticipation grows as the animals travel through the woods, over a stream, and up a hill as they beg to know Joe's secret. Just as the sun begins to set, they arrive at a cave where Tiptoe Joe proudly reveals a mother bear and two cubs. He beams with pride as he shares the exciting news of his newborns. Rankin's bold and bright watercolor illustrations portray charming animal friends. Written in rhyme with catchy repetition, this quiet journey will delight young listeners.-Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Tiptoe Joe, a large bear in red sneakers, tiptoes through the rural landscape. As he finds his animal friends, one by one, he urges them to join him. “Donkey, Donkey, come with me. / I know something you should see,” he begins, and Donkey happily follows along, with his hooves making their own sound, “CLOP, CLOP.” One by one, the animals join the line, following the bear up the trail to his den, where they look tenderly on the two cubs sleeping in their mother’s arms. The book’s large format gives plenty of scope for the engaging illustrations, shaded drawings with watercolor washes. With their rounded bodies and friendly faces, the animals make appealing characters. The simple text reads aloud well, and Tiptoe Joe’s repeated lines, along with Donkey’s clops, Rabbit’s thumps, Turkey’s flaps, Moose’s thuds, Owl’s swishes, and Beaver’s slaps, offer plenty of potential for audience participation. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan

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This is such a wonderful book to read, it has great pictures and rhythm. The bear "Joe" goes tiptoeing through the forest to tell his friends that he has something special to show them and asks them to come with him. He is so happy and excited about his secret that its hard not to look forward to seeing it. At then end, his secret that he wants to share will warm your heart, but you should read the book to find out what it is. We first checked it out of the library and just had to buy it because months later my son was still asking about it and was disappointed that it went back to the library. Its perfect for ages 2-5.
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My 2 year old loves this book. It’s a nice rhyming story with animal noises and a good pace.

We got it from a private seller (because the price on amazon is pretty high for a short children’s book at the time). Now the second hand seller said it was new, but the cover did have wear. Still a good book for the price we paid.
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By Erick on December 18, 2013
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Cute book for beginning reader. Illustrations were clear and pop out. I would have liked more words to encourage my niece to read along but overall it kept her entertained.
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Absolutely adorable ending of surprise! :) The text of Tiptoe Joe is fun and repetitive and this would make a great board book. The illustrations are colorful and fun. They are funny too with each character having an article of clothing like red tennis shoes, blue glasses, et al. Definitely recommended for class use.

*Thanks to HarperCollins for providing an ARC and following up with a copy for review.* We love it.
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