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Tiptoe Joe Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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PreS-Gr 1-Tiptoe Joe is a gentle giant of a bear who wears red sneakers so he can minimize the noise he makes. He has a big secret that he wants to share. As he tiptoes through the wilderness, he invites the different animals he encounters to come along. The curious creatures include a donkey, rabbit, turkey, moose, owl, and beaver. Each one takes care to be as quiet as possible, despite having hooves, claws, and a cumbersome body. Their expressions reveal their cheerful expectations. In a long procession, they softly creep along to find the surprise. Because each animal makes a characteristic sound, Tiptoe Joe has to remind them to be quiet. The anticipation grows as the animals travel through the woods, over a stream, and up a hill as they beg to know Joe's secret. Just as the sun begins to set, they arrive at a cave where Tiptoe Joe proudly reveals a mother bear and two cubs. He beams with pride as he shares the exciting news of his newborns. Rankin's bold and bright watercolor illustrations portray charming animal friends. Written in rhyme with catchy repetition, this quiet journey will delight young listeners.-Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Tiptoe Joe, a large bear in red sneakers, tiptoes through the rural landscape. As he finds his animal friends, one by one, he urges them to join him. “Donkey, Donkey, come with me. / I know something you should see,” he begins, and Donkey happily follows along, with his hooves making their own sound, “CLOP, CLOP.” One by one, the animals join the line, following the bear up the trail to his den, where they look tenderly on the two cubs sleeping in their mother’s arms. The book’s large format gives plenty of scope for the engaging illustrations, shaded drawings with watercolor washes. With their rounded bodies and friendly faces, the animals make appealing characters. The simple text reads aloud well, and Tiptoe Joe’s repeated lines, along with Donkey’s clops, Rabbit’s thumps, Turkey’s flaps, Moose’s thuds, Owl’s swishes, and Beaver’s slaps, offer plenty of potential for audience participation. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan
Top customer reviews
We got it from a private seller (because the price on amazon is pretty high for a short children’s book at the time). Now the second hand seller said it was new, but the cover did have wear. Still a good book for the price we paid.
ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in watercolor. They are nice and large for a younger audience. Each character is full of smiles and life as they follow Joe.
REVIEW: Even though this book is repetitive for the younger crowd, it has has a very nice rhythm to it. I enjoyed the sounds each animal made such as the donkey's clop clop. As more friends follow Joe, there is a parade of sounds children can repeat out loud. The story is very simple, but it has a sweet reward at the end. This would be a lovely read aloud for groups. The children could stand up and pretend to be each animal. When they come back to Joe, they can practice tiptoeing and being quiet. A wonderful snuggle up and read or group read.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: This book is advertised for ages 4-8, but its simplistic story and repetitiveness make it more appropriate for ages 2-5 and at school--grades pre-k to k.