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The Jamie and Angus Stories

by Anne Fine
Illustrated by Penny Dale

Published by Candlewick Press, 2002
108 pages
ISBN: 0-7636-1862-4

Ages 4 - 7

It is love at first sight when Jamie glimpses Angus "staring forlornly" out of a store window. Jamie, a preschooler, convinces his mother that Angus, a toy bull, should be purchased for his Christmas gift, even though the holiday is months away. His mother capitulates to his request, but warns him that Angus must wait on the closet shelf until Christmas Day arrives. The anticipation endures for months, while Jamie patiently prepares a farm for Angus to live on, constructed realistically out of sewing scraps, Popsicle sticks, and painted cardboard tubes. Christmas morning arrives at last, and Angus is installed as Jamie's companion and confidant. Six chapters chronicle Jamie and Angus' adventures together, all created from credible aspects of a preschooler's world including a visit from a favorite uncle, a near-disaster when the dry-clean only toy is tossed in the washing machine, and the wedding of a beloved babysitter. Jamie is a likable child without being overly precious, and his relationship with Angus is one that will feel familiar to anyone whose cherished toy has attained family member status. Frequent pencil illustrations add visual interest to a book perfectly suited for bedtime reading-aloud. CCBC Categories: Books for Beginning and Newly Independent Readers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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