Roaring Brook Press
Author: Bruel, Robert O.
Brand: Roaring Brook Press
Number Of Pages: 32
Release Date: 03-04-2007
Details: Product Description
Bob and Otto do best-friend kinds of things together--eating leaves, digging, playing--until the day Bob decides to climb a tree, simply because . . . he has to. When the two meet again, Otto is still the same dirt-loving earthworm, but Bob has done the unthinkable: grown wings. Friendship overcomes all else in this sweet and funny story, because no matter what happens, ". . . friends are important."
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Two friends spend a lot of time together. One day, Bob (a caterpillar) looks up into the tree and decides he needs to climb. Otto (an earthworm) stays below, digging in the soil. At this point, Bob's story appears on the top of the pages, with Otto's below. Bob climbs, eats, and takes a nap in a cocoon while Otto eats and digs through the dirt. Bob emerges as a beautiful yellow butterfly. Otto becomes sad when he sees his friend, as he thinks that had he climbed the tree, he could have been a butterfly too, instead of being "Just a big…fat…worm." Luckily, Bob's a clever pal and he knows that Otto is aerating the soil, helping the tree to grow, and providing food for Bob. The story is a good vehicle for showing that friends don't always have to do the same things, and that their actions can complement one another's. Bright, vibrant illustrations on full spreads enhance the satisfying story, which would be perfect for introducing spring science units.—
Nancy Kunz, Tuckahoe Public Library, NY
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Worms Bob and Otto are good friends who resemble each other except for Bob's stripes. They do the same things until the day Bob needs to climb a tree, and Otto needs to wiggle into the ground. In split pages, Bob eats leaves; Otto digs. Bob sleeps for many days and nights; Otto digs and digs some more. The sturdy artwork, which mixes colors earthy and bright, shows Bob turning into a green sack as he sleeps. Finally, he awakens and feels like flying; no wonder, since he's now a butterfly. On the ground, Otto is feeling sad. If he had climbed the tree he could have grown wings, too. But Bob informs him that while he was eating, sleeping, and flying, Otto's digging loosened the soil so the tree roots could drink water and grow tall with green leaves--which allowed him to "grow wings." Savvy kids will know that the "striped" worm is a caterpillar while the plain worm is--a worm. Cocoonlike, the nature lesson is wrapped inside a friendship story. Preschoolers will dig it.
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“Delightful ... An accessible introduction to the processes of nature, as well as a fitting tribute to enduring friendship.” ―Publishers Weekly“Illustrated and published posthumously by Robert's son, Nick, this is a charming tribute to friendship and the stories all parents tell their children.” ―Kirkus Reviews“Bright, vibrant illustrations on full spreads enhance the satisfying story.” ―School Library Journal“Cocoonlike, the nature lesson is wrapped inside a friendship story.” ―Booklist
About the Author
Robert O. Bruel lived most of his life in New York City and Sauble Beach, Ontario with his wife Mary. For most of his career, he was a tenured professor of psychology at Kean University in Union, NJ.
Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of
New York Times bestseller
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath and
Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, among others. Nick is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.
Package Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches