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Shy Charles

Wells, Rosemary

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ISBN 10: 0803705646 / ISBN 13: 9780803705647
Published by Dial, 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed By Rosemary Wells With a drawing of Charles, the mouse. Bookseller Inventory # 015374

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Title: Shy Charles

Publisher: Dial

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Being painfully timid and shy does not keep a young mouse from rescuing his babysitter in an emergency situation, although after becoming a hero he still says zero.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 2 Charles is as quiet as a mouseand it doesn't bother him one bit. His rodent parents try everything from bribery to scolding, from ballet to football, but Charles resists all of their efforts to make him become more outgoing. It isn't until he is faced with the emergency of an injured babysitter that he springs into action and saves the day, only to revert to his shyness when his parents return. Wells' illustrations, in the familiar style of her Stanley and Rhoda (1978) and Hazel's Amazing Mother (1985, both Dial) show the plump, large-eared cast to be full of charm and cleverness. Facial expressions, posture, and background details substantially extend the humor of the story. The simple rhythm of the rhyming text is subtle and playful. It is refreshing that Wells offers no sudden transformation of Charles, nor does she propose any easy solution to his situation. Instead, she present a welcome portrayal of a common trait in young children with empathy and respect. Starr LaTronica, North Berkeley Library, Calif.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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