Three boisterous sisters prove to be a handful for their parents on a bus trip, at bathtime, and when they get frightened at night.
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PreSchool-Grade 2?A lackluster story about preschool-age triplets that does little beyond showing how ill-behaved these children can be and how ambivalent their parents are in providing guidance and discipline. The narrative is accompanied by simple pen-and-ink line drawings filled in with pastel watercolors. In the first chapter, Aurelia, Sophie, and Prue throw tantrums on a bus after they fight, verbally and physically, over whose turn it is to ring the bell requesting a stop. In "Bath," the girls flood the bathroom and create a "drizzle" problem for their downstairs neighbor. In the final episode, they imagine there's a monster in their bedroom, wake their parents, and then decide to sleep in the hall, thus creating an obstacle course for their father. The girls are allowed free rein without any consequences for their bad behavior. Though the parents react to their children's conduct with embarrassment, bewilderment, or anger, they appear uncertain about how to handle the situations. Addie Lacoe's Just Not the Same (Houghton, 1992) or Maj Lindman's "Flicka, Ricka and Dicka" series (Albert Whitman) are more appealing stories about girl triplets.?Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Ages 4^-7. Varying somewhat from the usual picture-book format, Yektai's story about the adventures of mischievous triplets Sophie, Aurelia, and Prue is broken up into three chapters. As the first chapter opens, the triplets are sitting quietly with their mother on the bus. Things go downhill quickly, however, when a fight breaks out over who will get to ring the bell to signal the driver to stop. Mother winds up dragging a screaming, red-faced, upside-down Prue off the bus, then collects the two remaining screaming children from other passengers. Chapters 2 and 3, which describe bathtime and bedtime, are similar: things start out calmly and rapidly escalate into mayhem. Lively watercolor-and-pen-and-ink illustrations provide a slapstick flavor that matches the tone of the text. A good choice for a unit or story time with a sibling theme. Lauren Peterson
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Book Description Millbrook Press, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110761303480