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Ribbon rescue
Munsch, Robert N., 1945-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 1999.
Physical Description:
26 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A young girl unselfishly gives away the ribbons from her new dress to help various people on their way to a wedding.
General Note:
"Cartwheel books."
Reading Level:
AD 420 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 58881.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 2 Quiz: 16568 Guided reading level: I.
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Standing outside her house in a dress adorned with ribbons, Jillian watches a wedding party scurry by. They can't find the church and in their haste the bride, the groom, and others are losing things and messing up their special clothes. With a can-do attitude, Jillian delivers a quick fix to the suits and dresses with the ribbons from her dress. In the happiest of all possible endings, Jillian gets to be the flower girl!

Author Notes

Robert Munsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1945. He received an undergraduate degree in history and a master's degree in anthropology. While studying to be a Jesuit priest, he worked part-time at an orphanage. He decided he liked working with children and left the Jesuits after 7 years to work in a daycare center. He studied for a year at the Elliot Pearson School of Child Studies at Tufts University. He ended up at a lab preschool at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario and eventually became a Canadian citizen.

While working at a daycare center and telling stories to children, he realized that storytelling was what he loved to do and eventually he started writing the stories down. His first published title was Mud Puddle. He has written over 50 books including Love You Forever, Mortimer, Angela's Airplane, Andrew's Loose Tooth, Stephanie's Ponytail, Moira's Birthday, and Put Me in a Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. The combination of farce and gentleness will touch the preschool audience and so will the climax of kindness rewarded. At the center is a small Mohawk girl named Jillian, who is delighted to wear her traditional ribbon costume. A man comes rushing down the road chaotically dressed in fancy clothes and yelling, "I'm late, I'm lost! I'm going to miss my own wedding." Jillian tears two ribbons off her dress to lace up his shoes and lends him a skateboard. Next the bride comes running and yelling--and Jillian tears off eight ribbons to fix the bride's hair. Jillian helps a whole family. She crawls in a mud puddle to find the ring the best man has lost. Her dress is so torn and dirty that the official bars her from the wedding, but the bride and groom make her their flower girl, and she leads the procession down the aisle. Fernandes' brightly colored gouache-and-colored-pencil illustrations express the rush and panic of the wedding party, as well as the dancing energy of the kid who saves the day. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Featuring a variety of voices, Munschs (Love You Forever) light, energetic paper-over-board book is well suited for reading aloud. Just after Jillian dons a brand-new ribbon dress, with pink and red ribbons flowing from under the bib-like collar, she encounters a tuxedo-clad fellow running down the road, laceless shoes in hand. Chiming, Im late. Im lost!/ Im late. Im lost! the harried groom fears that he is going to miss his own wedding. Jillian helpfully tears two ribbons off her dress, uses them to lace his shoes and lends him a skateboard to expedite his trip to the church. To the tune of similar refrains, the girl hands out ribbons (and a variety of transports) to bail out the tardy bride, whose hair is disheveled; a family with a wedding gift in need of wrapping, etc. Though Jillians good deeds leave her dress in tatters, the happy (and grateful) couple ask her to be their flower girl. Fernandess (A Difficult Day, reviewed below) cartoony gouache and colored-pencil pictures reinforce the slapstick tenor of the tale. She strews the artwork with diverting particulars, such as a host of buoyant frogs on each page (one even finds its way into the flower girls bouquet). A bizarre extraneous endnote mentions that Jillian is a Mohawk from the Kahnawake reserve near Montreal and her ribbon dress is a traditional Mohawk costume, which imposes an unnecessary and jarring historical context on this effervescent story. Ages 3-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2The hook this story hangs on is a special ribbon dress that the author describes (in an endnote) as a traditional Mohawk costume. Ribbons flutter from the yoke of a new dress that Jillians grandmother has just made her. A man dressed in formal attire comes running down the rural road in front of the girls house yelling that hes late for his wedding. He has no laces in his shoes, so Jillian tears two ribbons from her dress to tie them. She also gives him her brothers skateboard and directs him to the church. Next comes the bride, with her hair all askew. This time Jillians ribbons tie up the womans hair and a bicycle sends her on her way. By now the pattern is set. The best man and a group of wedding guests use up more ribbons until the childs dress is a mess and, much to her grandmothers dismay, shes not allowed into the church. The bride and groom spot her sitting on the steps and ask her to be their flower girl. Munsch is a storyteller and the book may work better as an oral tale. Fernandess gouache and colored-pencil artwork is average in quality though it does capture movement well. Everything seems a bit too pat. This is not an essential purchase, but the contemporary Native American protagonist may broaden the books appeal.Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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