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Dinner's Ready

Gedye, Jane

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ISBN 10: 0385260830 / ISBN 13: 9780385260831
Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 1989
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Title: Dinner's Ready

Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 1989

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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A fastidious rabbit and a slovenly pig demonstrate mealtime dos and don'ts.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Intended as a humorous look at table etiquette, this insipid book fails miserably. A slovenly pig and a fastidious rabbit accompany the didactic text. There's no writing skill involved here, just a listing of do's and don't's with the pig shown breaking each rule while a shocked rabbit looks on. The irony of the pig's misbehavior juxtaposed with the dry commands of the text might have been amusing if the pictures had been truly humorous. Unfortunately, the illustrations have as little subtlety as the writing. After the second full-page spread of the pig's posterior, the lack of imagination becomes especially evident. While the animals have a certain winsome charm vaguely reminiscent of those in Helme Heine's books, they lack the verve and expressiveness necessary to elevate this book above banality. As for teaching manners, children will be more likely to emulate the misbehaving pig than to identify with the catatonic rabbit. For a funny and instructive look at manners, stick with Marc Brown's Perfect Pigs (Joy Street, 1983). --Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, TX
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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