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Back to front and upside down!
2012
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The principal of Stan's school is having a birthday, and Miss Catnip, Stan's teacher, has a great thought: everyone is going to make a birthday card for Mr. Slippers. Stan, an adorable brown puppy with floppy ears and an expressive snout, immediately starts drawing an impressive picture-until he learns that Miss Catnip expects everyone to write a greeting as well. Writing is definitely not Stan's strong suit: "[H]is letters came out back to front and upside down, and some didn't look like letters at all! I can't do this! Stan thought." When Stan hits rock bottom-"Even his name was coming out in a muddle"-he becomes a tiny, disconsolate figure at his desk (his legs don't even touch the ground), marooned in a black sea of despair. But good advice from his friend Jack ("We all have to ask for help sometimes") and compassionate help ride to the rescue. It's not a new idea, but Alexander (Small Florence, Piggy Pop Star) is such a caring and visually sumptuous storyteller that readers will happily travel down this road with her. Ages 4-7. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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It's the principal Mr. Slipper's birthday, and while the rest of the class gets busy writing cards for the occasion, Stan becomes frustrated when his letters come out all in a muddle. Stan is afraid to ask for help, until a friend assures him that nobody's good at everything. And after lots and lots of practice, Stan's letters come out the right way round and the right way up.<br> <br> This delightful book deals with a common childhood frustration and will remind readers that practice pays off and that everyone has to ask for help sometimes.<br> <br> Watch the trailer:<br>
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