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Dear Daisy, get well soon
Smith, Maggie, 1965-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown Publishers, 2000.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
When his friend Daisy gets sick, Peter sends her more gifts each day of the week until she feels better.
Reading Level:
AD 70 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 39562.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 1 Quiz: 27897 Guided reading level: D.

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Material Type
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PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Little Books
PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Little Books

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When Daisy comes down with chicken pox, Peter proves he's a friend she can count on: On Monday, he makes her a get-well card--and his stuffed elephant comes to life to deliver it. On Tuesday, he sends two zebras with flowers. By the time five monkeys arrive with balloons on Friday, Daisy is feeling much better. So on Saturday, she delivers a gift of her own--an invitation to come over and play. With very few words, this story speaks volumes about the magic of having a very best friend.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. On Sunday, a little boy hauls his wagon full of stuffed animals to see his next-door neighbor, Daisy, but she has chicken pox and can't come out to play. On Monday, he makes her a get-well card, which his stuffed elephant (magically full-sized and alive) delivers. On Tuesday, he sends Daisy two bunches of flowers by way of two zebras. On Wednesday, three hippos deliver three coloring books, and so on until Sunday, when the boy awakens to find a note from Daisy, saying "Please come over," and the two friends go out to play with the five little animals. Simplicity of text and illustration combine to make this an appealing picture book for young children. Teachers working on days of the week or counting may want to use the book for reinforcement, but those elements are minor factors superimposed on a simple, upbeat tale of friendship. Glowing with rich colors, the artwork features pleasing scenes with a clear narrative focus. A good choice for reading aloud. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bound to lift the spirits of any bedridden child, Smith's (There's a Witch Under the Stairs) upbeat tale is a get-well card in book form. Peter, wearing a safari hat, pulls a wagon filled with stuffed animals to his next-door neighbor Daisy's house. But Daisy has the chicken pox and cannot come out to play. Smith then combines a counting lesson with the days of the week as Peter's toy creatures alternately spring to life--full-size and in increasing numbers--to deliver gifts from Peter to his sick pal: one elephant delivers a homemade card, a pair of giraffes delivers two bouquets of flowers, a trio of hippos delivers three coloring books, etc. Youngsters will find some diverting surprises in the balloon-bright artwork: having departed Peter's room as couriers, the once life-size animals reappear as stuffed toys, once again, on Daisy's bed and, in the final scene, litter the lawn as the now healthy girl and her buddy play safari. Labeled pictures of the featured animals line the walls of Peter's room and provide clues as to which full-size animal will appear next. Just the ticket for a homebound young patient. Ages 2-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-On Sunday, Daisy comes down with the chicken pox so her friend and neighbor, Peter, sends her gifts via his stuffed animals that have come to life. From Monday through Friday, something new is delivered, the number of items increasing by one each day. By the end of the week, all five toys are residing with Daisy, waiting for Saturday when the two friends can don their safari hats and play outdoors once again. The illustrations bring the characters to life and are an integral part of the storytelling. What may initially confuse readers is that when the animals are animated, their number increases to match the gift quantity so that one stuffed zebra turns into two full-size creatures carrying two bunches of flowers and one stuffed flamingo becomes four parading pink birds delivering four apples. Once this multiplicity is accepted, readers will get immersed in other visual details in the ultra-bright cartoon illustrations. Daisy's overworked mother, for example, hangs endless quantities of laundry on the line but never spies the creatures while the baby happily waves to each newcomer. Counting and days of the week are naturally ingrained in the plot, thus keeping the focus on Peter's acts of kindness. Smith uses simple repetitive phrasing to express the story's action. Rather than dwell on Daisy's illness, this book celebrates the cheerful giving of friendship. It's enough to make anyone feel better.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.