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Wild Stories Hardcover – June 1, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3–5—After the old woman at Number Fourteen moves away, the garden she leaves behind remains teeming with animal life. Everyone from Sid the Mosquito to Ethel the Chicken has a story to tell of life in the garden. Ted the Flea is tired of living on an old rat and sets off to have adventures on other animals, only to realize there's no place like home. Barry the Hedgehog stubbornly decides he doesn't want to hibernate and is saved from the bitterly cold winter by a family of rabbits. When a new family moves into the house, the dynamics in the garden change and the humans occasionally affect the lives of the animals—such as giving Ethel eggs to hatch when it becomes clear to the family that that is what she is longing for. Wild Stories is a collection of three books previously published in the UK, and the stories are interspersed with occasional poems and sweet black-and-white drawings of the animal inhabitants. The tales are short, lending themselves well to reading aloud, and children will even learn some things about animal behavior—such as the fact that some cuckoo birds lay their eggs in the nests of other animals. All in all, a satisfying collection.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL
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