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The Resource How to find a friend, Maria S. Costa

How to find a friend, Maria S. Costa

Label
How to find a friend
Title
How to find a friend
Statement of responsibility
Maria S. Costa
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A wistful blue squirrel and an athletic red rabbit are each looking for a friend and missing each other by inches, although helpful bugs are trying to steer them in the right direction
Tone
Character
Illustration
Review
  • Grades K-2 Squirrel moves to a new tree house and, hoping to find a friend, looks around for other animals. But where are they? She visits the playground, rows a boat, and even has a picnic, but she sees no one. Meanwhile, Rabbit moves into a new burrow. Looking for company, he sits at a café table, plays golf, and fills his water buckets beside a bridge. Where is everyone? Zooming along later, with Squirrel on her skateboard and Rabbit in roller skates, they bump into each other (literally) and become fast friends. The eye-catching illustrations, linocut prints with digital elements, feature strong lines and patterns as well as vibrant color combinations. Many pictures focus on either the blue squirrel or the red rabbit, while the other is clearly visible in the background, for observant kids to find; readers will enjoy telling the two characters what they’re missing. In the illustrations, each animal is accompanied by a strange little critter (picture a worm with antennas and arms) that offers encouragement. Good fun for young children. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 4/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 15, p80)
  • Will lonely Squirrel and Rabbit ever find each other?Squirrel and Rabbit are both newcomers to their community, which is helpfully mapped out on endpapers as a guide to the different places they visit alone. No other creatures show up except for two little slugs with arms who independently determine to help Squirrel and Rabbit meet and try unsuccessfully to direct their attention to each other on every spread. Alas, Squirrel and Rabbit are oblivious to the slugs' respective efforts ("Perhaps they don't speak Bug!" is the parting shot from the blue slug at book's end, implying a lingua franca among insects and other creepy-crawlies), and Squirrel and Rabbit consistently miss seeing each other as they go about various activities, bemoaning their loneliness and isolation. There's humor in these near-misses which allow readers, alongside the slugs, to know more than the protagonists do. In one scene, Squirrel thinks, "I wish I could just bump into someone," as nuts from the cart she pulls across a bridge bean Rabbit, who is wading below. The bright palette used in the digitally enhanced linocut illustrations on the white, open spaces of the pages conveys optimism that, eventually, all will be well. A slapstick ending that has the pair literally run into each other brings about a satisfying and funny conclusion. A picture book worth finding and befriending. (Picture book. 3-5)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10562354
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Costa, Maria S
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Preschool
LC call number
PZ7.1.C6745
LC item number
Ho 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Friendship
  • Squirrels
  • Rabbits
  • Insects
Target audience
primary
Label
How to find a friend, Maria S. Costa
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"First published in the UK in 2016 by Oxford University Press"--Copyright page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780544926783
Lccn
2016016158
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • 953805930
  • (OCoLC)953805930
Label
How to find a friend, Maria S. Costa
Publication
Copyright
Note
"First published in the UK in 2016 by Oxford University Press"--Copyright page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780544926783
Lccn
2016016158
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • 953805930
  • (OCoLC)953805930

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