- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Tundra Books (February 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887769896
- ISBN-13: 978-0887769894
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,128,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Red Scarf Hardcover – February 9, 2010
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—In this nearly wordless book, Turpin, a white mole, serves as taxi driver to a mysterious caped man who leaves behind a scarlet, fringed scarf. Determined to return the property, kind Turpin follows a trail leading to a circus, where he gradually encounters a roller-skating polar bear, a turbaned monkey, and a ravenous lion before he accidentally becomes part of a magician's (his fare) act. Excitement seems to end with the mole keeping the red scarf as a gift—but as he exits, a monkey follows in the distance with the cap Turpin left behind. Villeneuve's muted crayon palette gracefully swirls and smears scenes from city to center ring. The cartoons keep the action at forefront, with minimal backgrounds and energetic compositions. This gentle comedy with familiar adventures at the big top will please young audiences.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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“Another gray day” becomes a slapstick adventure with Turpin the taxi driver as the star in this nearly wordless award-winning French import. Attempting to return a scarf left in his taxi, Turpin follows a mysterious man into a circus tent and becomes involved in the acts, including being swallowed by a lion and falling from the high wire into a trunk that is then pierced with swords. When he is magically removed from the trunk, Turpin is presented with the scarf before a delighted audience and sent on his way by the friendly circus troupe. Viewers will be entranced by the impressionistic illustrations of expressive characters rendered in an array of muted colors. Small scenes, several per page, depict the action as Turpin moves through each hair-raising encounter. Consistently surprising and irrepressible. Grades K-2. --Randall Enos
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A jester frog on a unicycle stopped Turpin dead in his tracks, but after showing him his tricks, let him pass. Watch out, Turpin! A polar bear on roller skates almost ran over him and a lion GULP swallowed him up . . . that is until the trainer cracked her whip. Shame on that lion. The trainer pointed to a star and let Turpin know where the man dressed in black was. Drat, he missed him again. The little taxi driver looked this way, ran that way and this way. All of a sudden he found himself in the spotlight, nervously clutching the red scarf. There was that crazy frog again and then a huge smiling elephant rushed in. Now what was in store for Turpin? Would he ever find the owner of the red scarf?
This is a minimalist book that your little one will love to "read" on his own. There is one solitary sentence in the front of the book when Turpin says something about the gray day, but very soon after his madcap adventure begins in earnest. The numerous, very busy watercolors tell of his circus adventure, one that is very exciting, dramatic and fun. This is a Governor General's Winner (French language) and is it very easy to see why. Any young child can "read" this story in pictures to him or herself or read it aloud to others. Each child will most likely have a very vibrant and amusing tale to tell. If you want an unusual book that will add a little zest to your library, this is one you might want to consider!