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Larry the Lawnmower Paperback – October 28, 2014
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Jeanne Archambault loves children. This comes through in her writing. Larry the Lawnmower reveals the author's insight into the mind and emotions of the child. Larry enjoys a sense of pride, a love for importance, and an appreciation for the beauty of nature. He enjoys sharing his own story. Threatened when a "rider mower" takes his place Larry becomes sad and dejected. He is left along until the day a young boy buys him for his job mowing lawns. With his new paint, some oil, and lots of attention, Larry again takes pride in fulfilling his purpose. Victoria Corey beautifully illustrates the story in pastel watercolors with scenic backgrounds from a New England landscape. Larry the Lawnmower is an excellent idea for the preschool classroom, and for beginning readers. The rhyming meter combined with the vivid pictures brings the story to life for the young child. An enchanting adventure. --Richard Blake The Midwest Book Review
Larry the Lawnmower is a lesson in self-worth. Larry enjoys his assigned role as a grass cutting tool until his age causes his owner to replace him with a lawn tractor. Larry is sad until he is sold at a yard sale to a young boy who gives Larry a new coat of paint and fresh oil. Larry knows he will have more time to work for the boy so the boy can earn money for a new bike. Larry is happy with his station in life once again. The story is logical and the rhymes flow. Larry becomes humanized and the child reader/listener learns we all age but we also have worth, even in our old age, as long as somebody cares. We rated this book four hearts. --Bob Spears, Heartland Reviews
Please add the following to my web page: A 2009 Mom's Choice Award winner! --Mom's Choice Awards (MCA) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Jeanne Archambault is the mother of four daughters and six grandchildren. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. As a navy wife she and her husband and family have lived in various locations in the United States. She especially enjoys visiting non-profit day care centers where she entertains the children with her menagerie of animal puppets and related storybooks. She and her husband reside in Jamestown, Rhode Island.
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I wish more copies of this book were accessible, as I would love to buy copies for Nieves & nephews birthdays.