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Ackamarackus : Julius Lester's sumptuously…

Ackamarackus : Julius Lester's sumptuously silly fantastically funny…

by Julius Lester

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These funny fables not only will give readers a good laugh, but a moral lesson to it as well. My favorite is the story of Bernard the bee. ( )
  JTNguyen | Feb 26, 2012 |
I thought this book was really funny. It is a book of fables that are quite out of the ordinary and told in a funny way. At the end of the short story it tells the two lessons that you can learn from the story. I think this is a good way to open up conversation with your classroom or with your child when reading the stories. ( )
  racheich | Feb 11, 2011 |
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A bee who falls head-over-heels in love with a bluebird? An eagle who is afraid of heights? An alligator in search of cooler waters in Vermont? Readers of all ages will laugh at these irresistible creatures and their gleefully absurd predicaments, all the while unwittingly gathering wisdom about acceptance, ingenuity, and individuality. Julius Lester¹s read-aloud text brims with alliteration and clever wordplay, and Emilie Chollat¹s charming, quirky illustrations make for a sparkling debut of a vibrant artistic talent. Ages 4-up.
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What can we learn from a lazy lion, or an eagle who's afraid to fly, or an angry ant who eats an anaconda? Plenty, if Newbery Honor author Julius Lester (To Be a Slave) has any say in the matter. In these six highly alliterative fables, Lester creates some of the silliest critters ever to have walked (or flown or swum) this earth. Adalbert the alligator, for example, decides one day that he's fed up with the heat in his swamp. ("It was so hot the frogs had to watch a National Geographic special to remember how to hop. It was so hot mosquitoes drank lemonade.") So Adalbert, after much ado and bartering with the birds for directions, moves to Vermont, where he is startled to discover what happens when the seasons change, but pleased to meet Bertice, a bear who doesn't seem to care that Adalbert is an alligator, and allows him to hibernate and hang out with her. "Since neither of them knew they weren't supposed to be doing what they were doing, they continued doing what they weren't supposed to be doing, and probably still are." The morals of this story are: (1) You are what you think you are and not what others think you aren't, and (2) When you're in Vermont, watch out for the alligator. Imagine five more equally absurd yet strangely wise and definitely wonderful fables and there you have it: Ackamarackus. Emilie Chollat's acrylic and collage illustrations are sheer, brilliant delight. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

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A collection of six original fables with morals both silly and serious.

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