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Phoebe and Digger

Phoebe and Digger

Spring 2013 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Author: Tricia Springstubb
Illustrator: Jeff Newman
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763652814
Hardcover Price: $16.99

With a new baby brother in the house, Phoebe is feeling rather forgotten by her mother. Her new Digger, a yellow construction truck, becomes her closest companion.

Hilarious facial expressions and spot-on character design make this book especially fun to read aloud and share. As she waits for Mama and baby to prepare for a trip to the park, Phoebe lies on her back on the floor, feet straight up and tongue hanging to the side while she closes one eye and keeps the other open to presumably watch for signs of departure. Once at the park, Phoebe seizes the opportunity to plow her digger through actual dirt. A giantess bully thwarts her play, her shadow looming before she effortlessly plucks Phoebe's beloved toy from her hands.

In her time of need, Phoebe finds her mother quick to help. Family will be there for you, even if it sometimes feels like you are being ignored. So goes the message of Phoebe and the Digger, a fine book for children with little siblings or big bullies in their lives.

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