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Quick, call out! Tell all you can reach: the night is just perfect for bats at the beach!

So pack your buckets, banjos, and blanketsand#8212;donand#8217;t forget the moon-tan lotionand#8212;and wing with this bunch of fuzzy bats to where foamy sea and soft sand meet.

Brian Liesand#8217;s enchanting art and cheery beachside verse will inspire bedtime imaginations again and again. Come visit a bedazzling world of moonlight, firelight, and . . . bats!

Review:

"Lies's (Bats at the Ballgame) marvelously lifelike paintings of a kleptomaniac magpie and a mouse with superior judgment do most of the storytelling in a story anchored on debut author Springman's string of quantity words ('Lots. Plenty. A bit much'). The first spread shows a single word at left ('Nothing'), a long expanse of blank backdrop, and a despondent magpie all alone at the far right. A mouse offers a glass marble to the delighted magpie: 'Something.' A Lego block makes 'a few,' and a coin makes 'several'; the magpie's three treasures are shown in its nest under the bird's dramatically enlarged feet. In no time, the magpie assembles mounds of junk: 'Way too much.' The mouse calls a halt — 'Enough!' — as the magpie is buried under its own treasure. The fable offers a finely drawn, restrained 'less is more' lesson about attachment to things (so finely drawn, in fact, that some children with overflowing toy boxes may not recognize themselves). Lies's striking paintings of the magpie's flashy wings, swooping tail, and gleaming eyes — as good as any field guide's — are the story's real treasures. Ages 4 — 8. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

One magpie,

lots of stuff,

and a few friendly mice

show us that less is

more.

Synopsis:

One magpie,

lots of stuff,

and a few friendly mice

show us that less is

more.

This innovative and spare picture book asks the question: When is MORE more than

enough? Can a team of well-intentioned mice save their friend from hoarding too

much stuff? With breathtaking illustrations from the award-winning Brian Lies, this

book about conservation wraps an important message in a beautiful package.

About the Author

I.C. Springman has published short stories in various literary magazines. This is Springman's first children's book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547610832
Author:
Springman, I C
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Author:
Springman, I. C.
Author:
Lies, Brian
Subject:
Animals - Birds
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Birds
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
A Bat Book
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
self ends
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9 x 11 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 4 up to 8

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Lies's (Bats at the Ballgame) marvelously lifelike paintings of a kleptomaniac magpie and a mouse with superior judgment do most of the storytelling in a story anchored on debut author Springman's string of quantity words ('Lots. Plenty. A bit much'). The first spread shows a single word at left ('Nothing'), a long expanse of blank backdrop, and a despondent magpie all alone at the far right. A mouse offers a glass marble to the delighted magpie: 'Something.' A Lego block makes 'a few,' and a coin makes 'several'; the magpie's three treasures are shown in its nest under the bird's dramatically enlarged feet. In no time, the magpie assembles mounds of junk: 'Way too much.' The mouse calls a halt — 'Enough!' — as the magpie is buried under its own treasure. The fable offers a finely drawn, restrained 'less is more' lesson about attachment to things (so finely drawn, in fact, that some children with overflowing toy boxes may not recognize themselves). Lies's striking paintings of the magpie's flashy wings, swooping tail, and gleaming eyes — as good as any field guide's — are the story's real treasures. Ages 4 — 8. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , One magpie,

lots of stuff,

and a few friendly mice

show us that less is

more.

"Synopsis" by , One magpie,

lots of stuff,

and a few friendly mice

show us that less is

more.

This innovative and spare picture book asks the question: When is MORE more than

enough? Can a team of well-intentioned mice save their friend from hoarding too

much stuff? With breathtaking illustrations from the award-winning Brian Lies, this

book about conservation wraps an important message in a beautiful package.

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