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The Mole Sisters and Busy Bees

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Roslyn Schwartz has lived in many places, including London, Paris, and San Francisco; she currently resides in Montreal. Roslyn is the author and illustrator of the first six popular "Mole Sisters" books as well as a new picture book for toddlers, "Yo Baby!." She has also worked on animated films.


PreS-In these two series installments, the siblings go about their day with zest whether it be venturing out into a wheat field or simply doing nothing. In Busy Bees they relax but observe that the bees are hard at work; in Wavy Wheat the plot revolves around the moles' adventure in a wheat field. Action phrases provide ample opportunities for child participation. For example, the sisters "Swish to the right-swish to the left-one, two, three and-`DOWN!'" Always upbeat and jolly, the characters are gentle companions. The small format is perfect for little hands but less practical for storytimes. Images are rendered in muted earth tones using colored pencils in a style reminiscent of pointillism. They have an almost dreamy quality. Independence, optimism, intelligence, and love of adventure are good qualities for children and these siblings are fine examples.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

[A] good book for preschoolers to share while sitting quietly with on their parent's lap. Recommended.--Kathleen Kirk"Canadian Materials" (10/04/2002) Schwartz's pencil-colored illustrations significantly extend the simple text. The colors are soft and her backgrounds are muted shadings of color. Though the experience of being in a flower-filled meadow is outside of most young urban children's understanding, Schwartz's skillful use of onomatopoeia draws them into the experience. We hear the mole sisters' delight while they frolic in the flowers, and we know what they are doing by the sounds they make. The subtly of the text and illustrations of these gentle books will require child/adult interaction to obtain their maximum potential. The humor in the mole sisters' books is meant to charm. Schwartz's endings reassure children that unknown objects can become part of their safe environment. [A] good book for preschoolers to share while sitting quietly with on their parent's lap. Recommended.--Kathleen Kirk"Canadian Materials" (10/04/2002)

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