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HOKEY POKEY: ANOTHER PRICKLY LOVE STORY

Author: Lisa Wheeler

Illustrator: Janie Bynum

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Publisher: Little, Brown & Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Cushion, a porcupine, wants to learn to dance so he can impress his girlfriend Barb (a hedgehog). After seeking assistance from various neighboring animals, he fails to learn how to do the steps without stepping on their toes. Discouraged, Cushion almost gives up until he learns the biggest lesson of all: real friends help us even when we’re not perfect. This is a picture book about accepting who you are.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: none for this reviewer

Young Reader Reaction: None offered by this reviewer.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story. The illustrations add to the linguistic humor. I highly recommend it.

Pros: This is a fun book not only for English readers, but anyone who wants to learn American idioms.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a fun book for everyone.

If You Liked This Book, Try: PATCH THE PORCUPINE AND THE BIKE SHOP JOB   HOPALONG JACK AND THE BLUE BUNNIES   REGULAR LU

Educational Themes: It would be a great textbook for English language schools for its bright storyline and brilliant word plays.

Notes: Guest reviewer Christine Hohlbaum, SAHM Expert for ClubMom and author of Diary of a Mother, wrote this profile.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, friendship, self worth

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2006

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