- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 5
- Lexile Measure: 640 (What's this?)
- Series: Heartwood Hotel (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (July 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484732340
- ISBN-13: 978-1484732342
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heartwood Hotel, Book 2 The Greatest Gift Hardcover – July 3, 2017
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About the Author
Born during a blizzard on Groundhog Day in Chicago, Illinois, Stephanie Graegin spent her childhood drawing and collecting fauna in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Houston, Texas. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She later attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, obtaining a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking. Stephanie now lives in Brooklyn, is still drawing, and has managed to keep her collection down to one orange cat. Find out more at graegin.com.
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Mona's best friend and roommate is Tilly, the Squirrel. Their quiet, winter season is disturbed by the arrival of the haughty, Duchess Rabbit who makes unreasonable demands. Then a mysterious thief begins to steal food supplies. A food delivery truck goes missing. When the vents are clogged, Tilly and Mona slip out to investigate. They are shocked to discover a neighboring community of which they were unaware.
The personified animal communities exemplify the best and worst of human nature. Decisions need to be made that will affect the welfare of all. Readers learn the importance of weighing self-interest versus family and community. Black and white illustrations remind me a bit of Beatrix Potter. I found myself wishing there were more of them. Lots of dialogue and twists and turns keep the chapter book lively. While this book is classified as an early chapter book and can be enjoyed by early readers, I believe the length and plot depth make it more suitable for a third or fourth-grade audience. Look forward to checking out other books in the series.
Since she didn't grow up with a family, Mona has so much to learn. Early in this book she receives gifts from friends, not realizing gift giving was part of the celebration. Through many exciting ups and downs she learns, like the title, what some of the greatest gifts are.
Now I just need one of my daughters to read it so we can discuss those gifts together. Ordering the next one!