Moonbear's Pet (Moonbear Books) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2000/3/1
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Bear and his friend Little Bird have a brand new pet! She's a cute little fish, and they name her Splash. One day Splash starts growing wings -- or are those paws? Little Bird is convinced Splash wants to be a bird, but Bear disagrees and insists she's becoming a bear just like him. Will Bear and Little Bird's friendship survive? And just what will Splash become?
Frank Asch, a graduate of Cooper Union, has written more than eighty children’s books, among them the bestselling classics featuring Moonbear and Baby Bear; Russian National Book Award recipient Here Comes the Cat; and Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Golden Award winner Like a Windy Day. Mr. Asch lives in Hawaii.
Frank Asch, a graduate of Cooper Union, has written more than eighty children’s books, among them the bestselling classics featuring Moonbear and Baby Bear; Russian National Book Award recipient Here Comes the Cat; and Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Golden Award winner Like a Windy Day. Mr. Asch lives in Hawaii. --このテキストは、絶版本またはこのタイトルには設定されていない版型に関連付けられています。
In this book, Asch gives us a bit of science along with a tale about friendship. The story begins when Bear and Bird find a little aquatic creature that they think is a fish. The pair name the critter 'Splash' and decide to make it a pet. Things go along well until they discover that Splash "the fish" is growing legs.
Well, this development really throws them for a loop, and the two friends begin to conjecture about what Splash will grow up to be. Somewhat surprisingly (at least for me) they each decide that Splash is going to grow up to be like them. Perhaps it's just wishful thinking, or perhaps it's just that they like what they are, but these assumptions set the two friends to arguing as they take umbrage at the suggestion that it might be better to be a bird than a bear, and vice-versa. Little Bird exclaims that it would silly to want to be a clumsy bear; while Moonbear suggests that it would be equally silly to want to be a puny little 'sack of feathers' when one could be much stronger.
As with all Asch stories, everything works out in the end. And children will learn something about the nature of friendship, and something about science as they see the tadpole grow into a frog.
Five Stars ::: [A-] Good Story. Good Read-aloud. There are two lessons to be learned from this book. The first is about the development of frogs from tadpoles. And the second is that our differences don't have to keep us from being friends. The 'official' AR (Accelerated Reading) Level for Moonbear's Pet is 2.5, or to put it another way, this is a book 'meant' for a mid-year second grader.
Note: The AR designation is a general "guide" that rates books on a relative scale of difficulty. Children can certainly read at levels above or below their group range, so that this number should only be used as a aid to help choose books that are appropriate and not frustrating.
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