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Title:
Happy Birthday to you, you belong in a zoo
Author:
De Groat, Diane.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
Before Lewis's birthday party, Gilbert's mother wisely substitutes a toy for the frying pan Gilbert wants to give Lewis.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 350 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 41963.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.4 2 Quiz: 22146 Guided reading level: K.
ISBN:
9780688165444

9780688165451
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Gilbert can't believe that Lewis, the class meanie, has invited him to his birthday party. Could they be friends after all? When Lewis proves to be just as rotten as ever, Gilbert plots to give Lewis a present he really deserves--but an even bigger surprise is in store for Gilbert! This follow-up to the first two hits starring everyone's favorite opossum addresses issues of friendship and generosity with deGroat's renowned honesty and child-pleasing humor.

00 Children's Choices (IRA/CBC)


Author Notes

Diane deGroat received a BFA in commercial art from the Pratt Institute in 1969. She designed the first basic reading series for Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, before becoming a free-lancer in 1972. She has worked on advertising, editorial, and design projects, but her main focus has been children's book illustration.

She is the illustrator of more than 130 children's books and has worked with Eve Bunting, Lois Lowry, Johanna Hurwitz, and Dr. Ruth. She is also the author-illustrator of the Gilbert and Friends series and the Annie Pitts series. Her picture book Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink was an IRA-CBC Children's Choice and State Children's Book Award winner in Arkansas and North Carolina.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Gilbert, a young possum, is invited to a birthday party. That would normally be good news, but the party is for Lewis, a tough kid at school who isn't very nice to Gilbert. Shopping with his mother, Gilbert realizes he doesn't want to get anything nice for Lewis, so he tells his mother to purchase a frying pan as a gift. At the party, Gilbert has fun and feels guilty about giving Lewis a substandard present. However, when Lewis opens Gilbert's present, it's a cool martian spaceship with flashing lights and rocket noises. Mom has saved the day, subtly teaching Gilbert a lesson about being sensitive and kind. Both story and watercolor pictures excel at capturing the anguish that children often feel as they try to learn the social game. Gilbert can also be seen in Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet (1998) and Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink (1996). --Kathy Broderick


Publisher's Weekly Review

As in her prior tales starring Gilbert, deGroat's (Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet; Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink) latest title and plot are both sky-high in kid appeal. The amiable young opossum sings this take-off on the birthday tune as his mother drives him home from the store, where he has spitefully chosen a frying pan as a gift for Lewis, the class bully. Lewis has informed Gilbert that he received a birthday party invitation only because his mother made him send one to all the boys in the class ("And you better bring me a present, too, if you want any cake and ice cream," sneers the birthday boy). Readers, privy to Lewis's lunchroom and playground slights to earnest Gilbert, will likely applaud this choice of giftÄuntil Lewis has a change of heart. DeGroat's watercolors capture Gilbert's changing moods perfectly: readers will especially feel for Gilbert as he makes eye contact with them, conveying sheer panic when gift-opening time arrives, dread when Lewis prepares to unwrap his present and tremendous relief when he realizes that Mom's surreptitious substitution for the frying pan has saved the day. With its credible take on kids' emotions and social exchanges, this wry tale sends a useful message to youngsters on both the giving and receiving ends of bullying. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Gilbert, the possum in Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink (1996) and Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet (1998, both Morrow), is back with his assorted animal buddies to take a look at birthday parties and hurt feelings. When Gilbert receives a party invitation from bossy Lewis, his reluctance turns to measured acceptance after his mother assures him that Lewis must want to be friends. Then Lewis declares, "My mother made me invite all the boys in the class. That's why you got an invitation." Gilbert's eagerness quickly turns to disappointment, and he doesn't "really want to give Lewis anything except maybe a smelly old shoe." When his mother encourages Gilbert to buy the latest "Martian Spaceship," he decides instead that a frying pan is just what Lewis needs. Gilbert attends the party, has a wonderful time, and realizes that his mean-spirited present is a major mistake. Fortunately, his mother has quietly substituted the spaceship for the frying pan, and Gilbert escapes embarrassment. DeGroat manages to present this rather unlikely scenario with complete sincerity and credibility. Children will sympathize with the child's frustration and sigh along in relief when he is rescued by his mother's wisdom. Appealingly bright watercolor illustrations add just the right amount of charm and detail.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.