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Summary: Autumn is here and so are autumn chores. When Arthur is given the task of raking the leaves, he quickly realizes that the job isn't as easy as it looks. With the help of some friends, Arthur's job becomes a little more fun. This is a picture book based on the television character seen on PBS Kids.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Age of Child: Read with nearly 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler loves Arthur, so we expected it to be an instant hit. This one received a lukewarm reception.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a so-so story, with a fairly predictable plot. Ironically, the story ends before Arthur and friends complete their task. They have fun with the leaves, but never finish the job.
Pros: The characters are easily recognizable if you have an Arthur fan in your house. The vocabulary is sufficiently repetitive to help developing readers build confidence and skill.
Cons: Arthur, as a character, carries better in an animated form than in a book.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow if you have a diehard Arthur fan. Otherwise, skip it.
Educational Themes: The events in the book offer the opportunity to talk about family responsibility (i.e., everyone has a job), friendship, teamwork, and seasons.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: September 2006
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