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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Boo Hoo Bird, written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard. Scholastic, 2009. $16.99 ages 3 and up

"Bird and Raccoon were enjoying a game of catch, when Bird got bonked on the head."

And what a commotion results! Bird is hurt and he starts to cry. Raccoon is distraught that he has hurt his friend and does what he can to help. But, it's not enough. Together, they search out Rabbit, who offers hugs and sympathy but that doesn't do the trick. Off to find Beaver. Beaver is picnicking and offers a cookie. No help and by now, Bird is getting dizzy. Sheep tries to distract Bird from his hurt and is maligned for doing so by Bird who can now HARDLY WALK. Fox is wily; perhaps he's got the solution. The suggestion is made by Fox that a bandaid might be just the ticket and he's off to find one. But, Bird is still upset and crying!

When all his friends start to cry because they have not be able to appease his hurt, Bird is astonished. He is worried about his friends and searches for the bonk, which he can no longer feel. When he reassures them that he is OK, they can't hear him for all the caterwauling. Finally getting his point across, he does a headstand to prove his good health. Of course, everyone follows his lead; and then Bird suggests that they play CATCH! Oh, oh!!!

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