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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-Jack Rabbit, the hungry Texas cousin of Janet Stevens's Hare in Tops and Bottoms (Harcourt, 1995), is up to something as he hops onto a ranch to find lunch. The trickster tale emerges as he tells Armadillo, the owner, that he would like to make her some Tumbleweed Stew. He adds tumbleweed to some boiling water and other animals, including Buzzard, Deer, and Skunk, contribute different vegetables, and soon a delicious stew is bubbling in the big pot. Full and happy, the creatures all doze off, and when Jack Rabbit awakens with a growling tummy, he thinks of another tricky recipe to share. The funny text flows well and is full of repetition as the list of vegetables grows, and the soft-edged illustrations give personality to the characters and offer plenty of visual clues. Jack Rabbit wears a cowboy-and-cactus print vest while Buzzard's is denim. Armadillo wears a red bandanna and even Deer sports a bolo tie. A fine choice for beginning readers.-Melanie S. Wible, Kanoheda Elementary, Lawrenceville, GA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 1-2. A trickster rabbit talks a group of animals into making a communal meal in this delightfully illustrated Green Light Reader. Jack Rabbit wakes up hungry for tumbleweed stew. At the first ranch he sees, he starts boiling water in a pot and adds a tumbleweed. "It needs more," he says, and gradually the animals each bring a new ingredient until the stew is finished, they feast, and Rabbit wakes up hungry again, ready for "cactus pie." With its cumulative list of ingredients, the well-paced story offers plenty of opportunities for hidden vocabulary drills: Stevens' personality-filled animals expand the story's humor and whimsy: children will get a kick out of the animals' western wear--a skunk in a pink cowboy hat; a buzzard in a denim vest, for example--and will appreciate the images of the rich stew made from the dusty desert. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Series: Green Light Readers Level 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1-Simul edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152048308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152048303
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Stevens Crummel, in collaboration with her sister, Janet Stevens (Caldecott Honor Medalist for Tops and Bottoms), has written several children's books including New York Times Best Seller "Help Me, Mr. Mutt!" (winner of the 2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award and named one of Time Magazine's Best Children's Books for 2008), "Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!" (2001 Texas Bluebonnet Award), "And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon" (2002 ALA Notable Book, 2003 Colorado Book Award, 2004 California Young Reader Medal), "Jackalope" ( 2004 Storytelling World Award, 2004 IRA Children's Choice Award), New York Times Best Seller,"The Great Fuzz Frenzy" (NCTE Notable Book and winner of ten 2007-2008 state book awards.

She has also written picture books illustrated by cut-paper artist, Dorothy Donohue, including "City Dog, Country Dog", featured at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC., and the "Ten-Gallon Bart" series. Susan had some firsthand experience before writing "Ten-Gallon Bart". As a high school teacher in Texas, one of her extra-curricular duties was sponsoring the rodeo club. Little did she know she'd have to ride a steer in the sponsor's rodeo. "As I clung to the beast's gigantic horns, I decided that the following year, I'd go back to coaching the math team!" she said. Susan also likes to tell stories about her great-great uncle Harvey Doyle, an expert rider and trick roper in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in the early 1900s. Susan and Dorothy have a new book coming out in the fall of 2012--"Sherlock Bones and the Missing Cheese".

Susan travels over 50,000 miles a year speaking at schools, conventions, and workshops throughout the United States. She shares her love of writing with over 100,000 students from coast to coast. In 2005 and 2006 she was invited by Laura Bush to read at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Susan grew up in a Navy family, living throughout the United States before coming to Texas Christian University where she earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees. Her Texas heritage reaches back to the 1800's when her great-great grandparents settled near Kerrville. Her parents, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins still live in the Hill Country on various family ranches. The setting of Tumbleweed Stew is a Texas ranch called the "Two-Circle" Ranch--a take-off on the Double Circle Ranch owned by her grandfather.

After college, Susan remained in Fort Worth where she began a teaching career that spanned 30 years. During this time, Susan taught 19 different subjects in math/science/computer fields at 5 different schools--both public and private. Her last twenty years of teaching were at Fort Worth Country Day School.

So with this technology background, how did Susan begin writing children's books?
Fifteen years ago, Janet asked her to help write a story involving shoes and a mouse. "Shoe Town" was the beginning of a collaboration that has bridged the many miles between Fort Worth and Boulder, Colorado, Janet's home. As sisters, they share the same sense of humor and enjoy the many hours they spend creating stories to make children and adults laugh.

Susan is married to Richard Crummel, Superintendent of Schools in Burleson, Texas. She has three grown children--Christie, Jason, and Courtney; three grandchildren--Sophia, Matthew, and McKinley; and one feisty cat-- Tweeter, supreme ruler of the universe.

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By sharlee on December 22, 2013
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This is a great book for beginning readers. Most kindergarten and first graders know Stone Soup. This puts a southwest twist on that story. It is something mid-year first graders can read, and was actually included in one reading series. Crummel's sister is the artist and does a really good job illustrating books.
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Tumbleweed Stew is the perfect book to compare with Tortoise and the Hare. The standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.9 Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
Janet Stevens has an adaptation of Tortoise and the Hare that is great for comparison, since Hare is also a character in Tumbleweed Stew. Another Janet Stevens book with same or similar characters is Tops and Bottoms. All 3 books have wonderful illustrations and hold the interest of third grade students and below. Great reading and connections!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Mcclaine on July 7, 2012
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Nobody writes children's books like these. I love the illustrations and the way the story is told. I introduced all of these books to my grandchildren and I read all of them to my preschool classes. Tops and Bottoms is my favorite!!!!!!!!
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