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Claude's big surprise
Wojtowycz, David.
Personal Author:
First American Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2002,2001.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Originally published: 2001 as Claude and the big surprise.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 65027.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Claude, the little polar bear, is excited about going to the Arctic to visit his aunt Annie. He has never been on an airplane, and he has never seen real snow before. Mom and Dad tell him there will be a surprise waiting for him when he gets back. As his vacation ends, Claude decides to bring home a surprise of his very own. Little ones will delight in the bold, bright artwork, the warmhearted story, and the surprise in store for Claude: a new baby sister.

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Another entry in the array of stories about new siblings. Claude is sent off on a plane to his great-aunt's home in the Arctic, and his parents promise him a surprise upon his return. The colorful cartoon illustrations are rife with delightful details: the books strewn on the polar bear's floor include Catching the Abominable Snowman and a flight attendant is shown demonstrating the use of an in-flight oxygen mask. The large spreads show the rosy-cheeked cub engaged in all sorts of wintry activities though he eventually longs for home. Unfortunately, the fact that the youngster is sent off to a relative's home without being prepared for the arrival of a new baby is unsettling and jarring. Harriet Ziefert's Waiting for Baby (Holt, 1998), Lizzy Rockwell's Hello Baby! (Crown, 1999), and Catherine Anholt's Sophie and the New Baby (Albert Whitman, 2000) are excellent alternatives to this story.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.