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Edwin Speaks Up by April Stevens
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Edwin Speaks Up

by April Stevens

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OK, I will it admit that it took me an EMBARRASSINGLY long time to figure out that Edwin was actually saying real words amongst his gibberish and that further, the real words were actually correct answers to his mother's questions. For kids who are quicker than I am this might be fun, and they might also have fun remarking on the wild behavior of the children and the cluelessness of the mother, but this just wasn't my book. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
Mrs. Finnemore is an overwhelmed mother of 5. She has trouble keeping track of her belongings and her children. Baby Edwin is the one who speaks up to let mom know where things are, but mom can't understand his gibber. Edwin takes matters into his own hands to save mom's perfect day.
  n.oreilly | Nov 14, 2013 |
Edwin speaks but nobody listens. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
This book is a delightful romp into stereotypical 1950’s culture. The drawings and text render a faithful attempt at capturing what life was like in that bygone era, right down to the local grocery store where everybody knows each other and food items cost less than a dollar. The book design is interesting and varied, with the size and angles of the pictures helping to move along the text. Characters constantly appear to be in motion, in true Randolph Caldecott style, causing the reader to move quickly to the climax of the story. The pictures give an insight to the story that the text alone does not yield, and irony abounds. The one character who actually understands what is going on is the baby, but nobody else in the story recognizes his intelligence or insight. The theme is that even the youngest child has something important to offer, if we would only listen.
1 vote Collene_Kuznicki | Jan 31, 2013 |
Baby Edwin accompanies Mother on her errands, babbling all the way. Even though mother and siblings don't realize it, we can hear that he makes perfect sense! DO practice Edwin's lines before reading aloud for maximum effect.
  scducharme | Dec 6, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375853375, Hardcover)

Here's a book that will get the whole family laughing. When a large family of ferrets and their precocious baby take a chaotic trip to the supermarket, mom can't keep track of the groceries, the shopping cart . . . or even the kids! Baby Edwin tries to help, but everyone thinks he's just babbling. Little do they know that he really has all the answers.

Full of fun-to-say nonsense words this is a perfect storytime book and a great read-aloud. April Stevens, author of Waking Up Wendell, is accompanied by Ezra Jack Keats Award winner Sophie Blackall for a match-up that is sure to delight.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:49:35 -0400)

Before his family leaves the grocery store, Baby Edwin makes sure their grocery cart contains the last ingredient needed to make his birthday celebration complete.

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