Book: Paisley Rabbit and the Treehouse Contest
Author: Steve Richardson
Illustrator: Chris Dunn
Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: Impossible Dreams Publishing (March 1, 2018)
Genre: Juvenile fiction (ages 6-10, grades 1-3)
Purchase: Online or at local retailers
In a delightful tale of defying the odds, Paisley Rabbit takes readers through the story of a lone girl rabbit competing against her friends to win a big treehouse construction contest, When the school year starts, Jimmy Squirrel, whose dad owns the biggest construction company in the city, challenges a close group of friends to a treehouse contest. To everyone’s surprise, Paisley Rabbit, who has never touched a hammer or a nail and has no one to help her, joins the contest as a long shot to win. But as things heat up, Paisley shows she has some tricks up her sleeve.
My Opinion Only:
I liked this story’s heroine Paisley Rabbit. She is caring, determined, creative, and literate–now I call that a great role model. As a leader, she relies on her team. She follows rules. She knows how to be gracious and thank others for their help. Paisley cares about everyone, her family, her brother Davy, her friends, the town. She is not in the contest for self-gain. Her aim is to help sick kids have a place to play. That is what makes her a perfect caretaker for the best treehouse ever in the new city park.
This Critic’s Review:
Anyone who knows me knows how big I am on Christmas. Perhaps that is why my own Christmas tree remains up yearly until after Little Christmas. So when I discovered Chris Dunn’s watercolor illustrations that appear on almost ever page, I was thrilled. Simply said the full-page plates are eye-popping and worthy of framing, especially the ones of the Paisley family Santa Bear.
Life itself is not about winning or losing; it is all in how one plays the game. Paisley Rabbit and the Treehouse Contest’s message is universal: Plan; help; attempt new things. If you get stuck in the past, you will never know what you really can do. What a theme! What a lesson! Add cute, likable characters like Arnold Otter, Molly Ringtail, Jimmy squirrel as well as civic leaders like Mr. Badger, Mr. Beaver, Mayor Wood Toad. Please be sure to check out www.thank toycardsforkids.com.
Paisley Rabbit and the Treehouse Contest is well-done contemporary Americana complemented by good manners and etiquette. I hope that Steve Richardson makes Paisley Rabbit a series.
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