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When Effie the ant's loud voice saves the day, the other insects learn to appreciate her unique gift.
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BARBARA REID is an acclaimed Canadian author and illustrator, who won the CBA Libris Award's Children's Author and Illustrator of the year in 2007. Creator of such favourites as: Sing a Song of Mother Goose, Read Me a Book, and The Subway Mouse, Barbara Reid is adored by children, parents and teachers alike.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-- Effie's loud voice causes her to be shunned not only by the rest of the ants, but also by other small creatures in her world. When an elephant threatens, however, she speaks up and saves them all. There is nothing new about this familiar plot, but the humor and verve with which it is told and illustrated make it stand out. The first page, in which readers are told that "Effie came from a long long line of ants" and shown--literally--will fascinate children. Reid's plasticine scenes are filled with bold colors and fanciful touches: toe slippers on a balletic butterfly; a salt shaker in the hand of a spider approaching its prey. The texture seems almost touchable; the perspectives add humor--a look down Effie's hugh throat, an extreme close-up of her climbing the elephant's trunk. The story works well as a read-aloud, but the very bold type used for Effie's dialogue will convey her volume to silent readers, too. Simpler than Richard Wilbur's Loudmouse (HBJ, 1982), this is a good choice for comparison with that title or others in which the outcast makes good, such as Pete Seeger's Abiyoyo (Macmillan, 1985).
- Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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Book Description Harcourt School Publishers, 1993. Condition: Very Good. Big. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP77098969
Book Description Harcourt School Publishers, 1993. Condition: Good. Big. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP90330246