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Peanut by Linas Alsenas

Peanut (edition 2007)

by Linas Alsenas

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Authors:Linas Alsenas
Info:Scholastic Press (2007), Hardcover, 32 pages
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Tags:Ages from 3-6. Pets.

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Peanut by Linas Alsenas

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Peanuts! Come and get your peanuts! Bring the circus home with you. That’s exactly what Mildred did one day in the park. While sitting on a cold, hard, green, bench, Mildred found what she was looking for. She’d always thrived for a pet, and her wish came true. Along came Peanut, a stray elephant that Mildred took in and made him her own. But some things can’t last forever and life goes on.
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  bporter | Nov 15, 2012 |
Mildred is a lonely old lady, and she goes to look for a pet. She finds a elephant and thinks it's a puppy. She names the elephant peanuts because that's his favorite thing to eat. She brought peanut to the dog park and he looked different from all the other dogs. A man sees Mildred with the elephant and tells her that she has found his missing elephant. Mildred is very sad and lonely again. ( )
1 vote Ronneisha | Apr 30, 2012 |
Mildred, an elderly woman, often sits by herself in the park. One day she finds a stray "puppy", takes it home and names it Peanut. Mildred takes Peanut to the park on sunny days. A man from a circus discovers Peanut and Mildred at the park, and, thanking her for finding their missing elephant, leaves with Peanut. Mildred, lonely once again, visits Peanut at circus and decides he's more at home there. When the circus leaves town, Mildred still sits on the park bench where, one day, she finds a stray "kitten" and decides to bring it home.

Alsenas' humorous picture book holds a simple, but vivid story. The illustrations truthfully depict Mildred's up and down emotions in a readily identifiable way. The contrast between Mildred & Peanut vs. other pet owners and their animals is quite comical, as we tend to think that owners and pets often look alike. Although readers are asked to do a fair share of "suspending disbelief", you'll find no talking animals or hard-hitting morals here - just the tale of a lonely senior and the "puppy" that brings joy into her life once more. "Peanut" is a splendid book that can be read to anyone anywhere anytime.

Parenting Magazine, 2007 Book of the Year for Ages 2-4
Oppenheim Toy Porfolio, 2008 Platinum Award Winner
Library Media Connection, starred review
New York Magazine, Top Five Summer Reading Picks for Kids ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439779804, Hardcover)

From the author/illustrator of MRS. CLAUS TAKES A VACATION, an utterly charming story of an old lady who makes an elephant her new pet dog.

When an old lady finds a small elephant in the park, what is she to do? Take him home and treat him like a pet dog, of course! Peanut's not like other dogs, though . . . and another walk in the park reveals that he's missing from the circus. When Peanut returns home, the old lady is sad again, until she comes across a camel . . . who she decides is a cat!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:40 -0400)

Mildred is very lonely until she finds a stray animal and takes him home as her pet dog, but Peanut is very different from the other dogs in the park.

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