Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Fall 2004 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Tracey Campbell Pearson
Illustrator: Tracey Campbell Pearson
ISBN: 0-374-35157-0
Hardcover Price: $15.00
Myrtle is a mouse who is bullied by a new neighbor named Francis. Francis steals balls, jumps out of bushes, and throws water balloons, among other unpleasant surprises. Myrtle takes to hiding in her bedroom until her flamboyant Aunt Tizzy teaches her to exude confidence. The illustrations are done in soft watercolor pencil and are filled with hidden details such as bunny slippers, stray socks, and halfway hidden toys. Each reading will lead to new discoveries. Aunt Tizzy is magnificent in an African-print dress.
Mary Hollowell   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Mary Hollowell is a parent, a science teacher, and a naturalist. She lives in Peachtree City, Georgia.

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