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Toto the squirrel pretends to be a photographer for the other animals
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PreSchool-Grade 1-- Four Japanese imports that should have been left at home. All have been adapted for American audiences. Smile for Toto tells of a small squirrel who pretends to be a photographer, drawing portraits of his subjects instead of actually shooting their pictures. Toto in Trouble stars the same squirrel as he walks to his aunt's house dressed as a girl after getting soaked crossing a river. Both stories are illustrated with attractive, detailed pastel watercolors. The problem lies in the wordy, saccharine texts that resemble extended greeting cards. The Spring Snowman is sad and puzzled when all the animals go down the mountain to see spring. When they return, they find the snowman melted and white flowers growing in its place. Simple primitive oil paintings decorate every page of this overwritten narrative. Road Roller Saves the Day is a flat story in which Bulldozer, Power Shovel, and Dump Truck argue over their jobs until Road Roller gets them to work together. Large, bold illustrations are appealing, but can't rescue the leaden tale. These books are not likely to achieve much of a readership. Translations can be a great way to entice young readers to learn more about other cultures, but the material must have more substance than these trite offerings. --Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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Toto, the frolicsome squirrel, inspired by watching the village photographer at work, builds a make-believe camera. He then hangs a sing on his house advertising his new career. His animal friends immediately besiege him for photographs. Ever resourceful, he instead draws pictures for each, to their delight. -- Midwest Book Review
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Book Description Garrett Educational Corporation. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. Dust Cover Missing. Seller Inventory # G0944483879I5N01
Book Description GEC Garrett Educational Corporation/Ada, Oklahoma, 1990, 1990. hard cover, reinforced binding, as new book condition, 32 pages, 8 1/4 x 10 inches, very good + book condition, no dust jacket, juvenile picture book, Seller Inventory # M0450