Stephen Cosgrove Mumkin (Serendipity)

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Mumkin (Serendipity)

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Hating to share, Mumkin the pony builds a high fence around his part of the meadow but finds himself a prisoner when the other ponies build similar fences.

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ea. vol: illus. by Robin James. unpaged. (Serendipity Bks.). CIP. Rourke. 1986. PSS $8.95. Kindergarten-Grade 2 As didactic and insipid as most of the previous titles in this series. Buttermilk is a sweet (all of these characters are sweet) bunny who has a typical fear of night creatures. She is reassured by her father on a daytime walk through the forest, but the whole point is lost when a real baby dragon is shown near the end of the story. At this point, as in all of the ``Serendipity Books,'' a moral is printed in capital letters (in case readers missed it). The other titles continue in this vein. Fanny is the worst of the lota three-legged cat is ostracized by the other animals because of her handicap but eventually finds a friend. The moral here (being handicapped is only a state of mind) is arguable, and many fine books are available that treat handicapping conditions realistically and with sensitivity. Mumkin is a horse who won't share. Although this one isn't offensive, it has a weak plot and the theme is presented much better elsewhere. In Pish-Posh , Posh is a llama who considers himself better than all other animals. Even another llama, Pish, cannot convince him otherwise. Cosgrove's acrylic illustrations are unevensome of the animals (e.g., the bunnies) are drawn with charming appeal while many of the scenic pictures are flat and uninspiring. Coupled with the blatantly moralistic tone of the books, this series is one that can be overlooked. Barbara McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School Media Center, Severna Park, Md.
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