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That's mine, Horace
Keller, Holly.
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Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Horace loves the little yellow truck that he finds in the schoolyard, but he has a problem when a classmate tries to claim it.
Reading Level:
AD 310 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 40207.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.4 2 Quiz: 26495 Guided reading level: K.

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Material Type
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Little Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Horace thought it was the best truck he had even seen. So he stuck it in his pocket and took it home. The only trouble was, it wasn't his...

Author Notes

Holly Keller is the author-illustrator of more than thirty-five books for young children including the Horace books, Farfallina and Marcel, Help!, and Grandfather's Dream. She has also illustrated over twenty nonfiction titles written by others including the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books series. She won the 2003 Charlotte Zolotow Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. In his third picture-book appearance, following Horace (1991) and Brave Horace (1998), the little leopard struggles with his conscience after telling a fib. In the schoolyard, he finds a toy truck, which he stows in his overall pocket. When it becomes too irresistible to keep hidden, he plays with it in the classroom. His friend Walter claims it, but Horace insists it's his, lying to his teacher, his mother, and even his doctor, who examines Horace when he feigns sickness, unable to face school. Holding in his secret, he suffers more turmoil, even nightmares, until a friend delivers get-well letters from his classmates, and a truce from Walter. Horace returns to school the next day, and the two friends share the toy. As in the previous titles, Keller describes a child's everyday distresses with accuracy and sensitivity, as bright, comforting, clean-lined illustrations invite children to explore and relate to Horace's dilemma without too much anxiety. Basic vocabulary and well-designed separations between text and image make this a good choice for beginning readers. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Horace is back with a new dilemma. This time he takes a truck he finds in the schoolyard, and refuses to give it to Walter, who claims it is his. When his teacher asks if the truck is Walter's, Horace denies it. When his mother asks about it, the little leopard says it is a gift from Walter. The adults' assurances that they know Horace is honest make him feel even worse about his behavior, and he has such a bad night that he is too sick to go to school the next day. Keller's watercolor-and-ink cartoons deftly capture the little animal's feelings of guilt and his relief when a get-well note from Walter provides a way for him to set things right. A two-page spread in which Horace's bed appears as a big orange truck against a black background powerfully conveys the young leopard's middle-of-the-night anxiety about what he has done. This story will provide a good springboard for discussion of a situation that will surely resonate with young readers.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.