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The Puddle Pail
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ELISA KLEVEN writes and illustrates picture books because she's never outgrown a deep childhood urge to enter a magical world. Elisa and her family live in Albany, California. To date, she has written and illustrated thirteen books and illustrated fifteen others.

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PreS-Gr 3‘As two crocodile brothers walk on the beach, practical Sol searches for shells and seaweed, while fanciful Ernst seeks clouds and puddles. Cotton-candy-colored collages complete this ode to individuality. (June)

"Kleven once again proves herself to be an outstanding storyteller.... The collages are almost mesmerizing". -- School Library Journal, starred review

Ernst, a gentle blue crocodile with his head in the clouds, gives his imagination a real workout in his second picture book (after Ernst). While his pragmatic older brother, Sol, takes joy in collecting such earthbound trinkets as feathers, stones and seashells, Ernst would much rather try to harness the stars. He settles for collecting puddles, which magically reflect all the beauty around them. When a thirsty dog shows Ernst just how fleeting his puddles are, he discovers a way to capture their splendor for keeps. Watercolors and bits of painted cut paper joyfully join forces in Kleven's (Abuela, see p. 211) rainbow-bright collages. The matter-of-fact text wanders a bit, but the slightly discursive style is ultimately suited to Ernst's dreamy personality. Ernst's artistic triumph serves as an inspiration to young readers. Ages 3-8. (June)

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