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The Adventure of Louey and Frank

by Carolyn White
Illustrated by Laura Dronzek

Published by Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2001
24 pages
ISBN: 0-688-16503-6

Ages 4 - 7

Frank, a soft brown bear, and Louey, a slender white rabbit, are best friends, although they don't always see eye to eye. The two agree to make a boat out of an old shoe and sail out to sea, and the adventure begins when they come upon the perfect spot for a picnic: a big blue rock - or is it a whale? Louey insists that the whale is a rock, even when Frank points out the the "rock" has a blow hole. "What luck!" said Louey. "We found a rock with a geyser!" After a somewhat idyllic picnic, the friends meet with misfortune when their boat sails away without them, a storm blows in, and their "rock" sinks. They save themselves by clinging to a log - or is it a fish? "It's got prickers," said Louey. "It's a fish." This time, it turns out, Louey is right but they do make it safely to shore on the fish's back, all the while arguing about whether they had seen a rock or a whale. The pair can agree on one thing, however: "It was an adventure." Short sentences and a subtle use of internal rhyme make it a natural for reading aloud. The brightly colored acrylic illustrations provide clues for young children as to which of the two friends is correct in his assertions. Dronzek's paintings have an elegant dreamlike quality that's perfectly suited to the fantasy adventure. Louey, in fact, looks quite a bit like Sendak's Mr. Rabbit in Charlotte Zolotow's classic dreamlike fantasy Mr Rabbit and the Lovely Present (Harper, 1962). CCBC categories: Picture Books for Older Children; Folklore, Mythology, and Traditional Literature.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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