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Just what is jealousy? Woodleigh Marx Hubbard takes this universal feeling and portrays it in a way that will help kids understand and deal with a powerful emotion.
Jealousy is a nasty beast that might seem bigger than you can handle when it comes barging through your door, especially when it's backed up by a greedy rat, an envious snake and an angry hornet. But the choice is up to you: Will you let them barge in or will you kick out these uninvited visitors?
Through vibrant, energetic art and vivid text, Woodleigh Marx Hubbard applauds the power within each of us to confront our fears and take action.
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Hubbard (Once I Was...) casts negative attitudes as nattering animals in this superficial self-help guide. Jealousy, with a pinched, jet-black face and sharp orange beak, pecks at the door as a "No-Good Dirty Nasty Mean Feather-Faced Chicken." If someone foolishly invites Jealousy in, the author warns, a "Sharp-Tongued Snake" called Envy, a "Rude Rat" known as Greed and an "Angry Red Hornet" of Rivalry will visit, too. In Hubbard's characteristically asymmetrical, naive compositions, the four "bullies" taunt solitary girls and boys. Even after they are banished by the children's rousing cheer ("Pluck that Chicken! Knot that Snake! Trap that Rat in a very small space! And swat that Hornet right out of this place!"), the ugly temptations threaten to return. The book introduces but does not define its seven-deadly-sins terminology: Rivalry "backbites and lies"; Jealousy, for unspecified reasons, "at first seems kind of sweet." Offering no insight as to why someone would "open the door" to Jealousy in the first place nor any clear sense of how to counter the pesky vices, these handsome-looking pages are unlikely to leave much of an impression. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Using wacky creatures to represent jealousy, envy, greed, and rivalry, Hubbard and Houston explore these emotional bullies. Each one appears at the door as a stylized critter that enters and then creates major troubles. Envy, a "Sneaky, Creepy, Sharp-Tongued Snake," slips in through the floorboards, resulting in hisses that someone else is prettier, smarter, quicker, stronger, etc. The remaining three creatures take over, leaving "you" friendless. Hope is provided by fighting back and dealing with these feelings, but readers are warned that they are always knocking at the door and waiting to enter your mind and life. The playful presentation is complemented by vibrant colors in gouache and watercolor pencil on Fabriano paper that pop off the page. Changes in font size and color and layout of the text provide additional visual interest. A unique tool to spark discussion of emotions, their consequences, and the ability to deal with them.
Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Putnam, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1422365786
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Book Description Putnam, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 28 pages. 10.10x8.10x0.40 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 1422365786