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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423119835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423119838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 9.1 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rosemary Wells is the award-winning author of numerous books for children, including Carry Me!; My Kindergarten; the New York Times best-selling Emily's First 100 Days of School; the critically acclaimed Wingwalker, illustrated by Brian Selznick; Yoko's Paper Cranes; Yoko Writes Her Name; Yoko's Show and Tell; and the beloved McDuff series, illustrated by Susan Jeffers.

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Born in New York City, Rosemary Wells grew up in a house "filled with books, dogs, and nineteenth-century music." Her childhood years were spent between her parents' home near Red Bank, New Jersey, and her grandmother's rambling stucco house on the Jersey Shore. Most of her sentimental memories, both good and bad, stem from that place and time. Her mother was a dancer in the Russian Ballet, and her father a playwright and actor. Mrs. Wells says, "Both my parents flooded me with books and stories. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York. "Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two enormous, definitive editions, published by Candlewick. Wells wrote and illustrated Unfortunately Harriet, her first book with Dial, in 1972. One year later she wrote the popular Noisy Nora. "The children and our home life have inspired, in part, many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin and Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals I have made up for my stories." Her daughters Victoria and Beezoo were constant inspirations, especially for the now famous "Max" board book series. "Simple incidents from childhood are universal," Wells says. "The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families."But not all of Wells' ideas come from within the family circle. Many times when speaking, Mrs. Wells is asked where her ideas come from. She usually answers, "It's a writer's job to have ideas." Sometimes an idea comes from something she reads or hears about, as in the case of her recent book, Mary on Horseback, a story based on the life of Mary Breckenridge, who founded the Frontier Nursing Service. Timothy Goes to School was based on an incident in which her daughter was teased for wearing the wrong clothes to a Christmas concert. Her dogs, west highland terriers, Lucy and Snowy, work their way into her drawings in expression and body position. She admits, "I put into my books all of the things I remember. I am an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind. These remembrances are jumbled up and changed because fiction is always more palatable than truth. Memories become more true as they are honed and whittled into characters and stories."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ekaz on March 13, 2013
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One of my daughters favorite books. Helpful if you kid is experiencing any sort of bullying. We all love Yoko!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill C Jones on December 14, 2012
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Rosemary Wells is always a favorite, but this was my active younger daughter's very favorite book for years. When you read a book a billion times, it helps if it entertains the grownups as well. This one does.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Dordek on December 13, 2012
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We buy this book for almost every baby that's born when needing to send a gift as it's sweet, unique and sends a great message about diversity, through food.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David H. on September 11, 2012
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Our family loves this book. It's cute and it celebrates differences. I wanted my daughter to be proud of her background and be interested in others - that's why I picked this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arie Farnam on July 6, 2012
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My 3-year-old, who has some linguistic and ethnic difference issues to deal with herself, loves these books, appears to understand them and asks for them again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Serrano on February 4, 2012
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My 2 yo son absolutely LOVES this book! It is so cute and teaches children to be accepting of others that are different and to respect others as well. We read this book almost every night!!!!
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