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Pearl and Wagner : two good friends
McMullan, Kate.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2003]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Pearl and Wagner, a rabbit and a mouse, work together to build a robot for their science project.
General Note:
"Easy to read, level 2"--Spine.
Reading Level:

340 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 68290.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 2 Quiz: 37129 Guided reading level: M.
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Meet Pearl, a hardworking rabbit, and Wagner, a daydreaming mouse. At school they build a robot together, impress a judge at the science fair, and tell each other the truth at all times. But friendship isn't always easy. Sometimes a robot doesn't turn out quite the way it's supposed to, and sometimes a pair of new green boots can cause a fight. Through it all, Pearl and Wagner show that they know how to make up and stay good friends no matter what. Kate McMullan's warm, funny text and R. W. Alley's delightful illustrations perfectly capture the ups and downs of childhood friendship. Readers will be eager to know what's next for these charming new characters.

Author Notes

Kate McMullan was born in 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri. She received a Bachelor's degree in elementary education at the University of Tulsa and a Master's degree in early childhood education from Ohio State University. She taught elementary school in inner-city Los Angeles and on an American Air Force base in Germany. In 1976, she moved to New York City and became an editor of language arts and audiovisual materials for a publishing house.

She has written over 50 children's books under the names Kate McMullan, Katy Hall, and K. H. McMullan. The book, I Stink!, won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Nutcracker Noel and Hey, Pipsqueak, which were illustrated by her husband Jim McMullan, were voted among the New York Times Ten Best Picture Books of the Year. She writes the Dragon Slayers' Academy series and the Fluffy, the Classroom Guinea Pig series.

She also teaches at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies and is a member of the faculty of the New School's MFA Writing Program.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Three episodes about friendship make up this Easy-to-Read title starring young Pearl the rabbit and Wagner the mouse. In the first two scenarios, the friends prepare for the science fair: Pearl gets down to work, constructing a cardboard, trash-eating robot. Wagner helps, while dreaming about his own project. Wagner is still empty-handed when the students present their work--until Pearl announces the robot was made by both of them. After Wagner inadvertently fumbles the project, Pearl sees he was only trying to help and is warm and forgiving. In the final story, the friends fight when Wagner tells Pearl that he dislikes her new boots, then Wagner finds a creative way to make up. Alley's expressive art captures the emotions and high jinks with winsome detail, and McMullan's basic text, enhanced with exclamations and dialogue, tackles tough friendship issues with accuracy and sunny outcomes. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

From the first page of this launch title of a beginning readers series, the audience will feel like they're enrolled in Ms. Star's class, deciding what to make for the science fair along with adorable Pearl (a rabbit) and her friend Wagner (a mouse). Alley's (Mrs. Brown on Exhibit) illustrations enhance this effect with their knee-level or just-at-the-next-desk perspectives. McMullan (I Stink!) moves the story forward with simple, authentic dialogue. "I'm going to make a robot," says Pearl while Wagner dreams, "I am going to win a prize." Streamlined vocabulary and sentence structure accommodate the needs of newly independent readers without constricting the story. The last chapter segues to a believable tiff (Wagner hurts Pearl's feelings when he tells her that her new green boots "look like big fat pickles and... make way too much noise"). Alley's detailed watercolors divide the text in a variety of attractive layouts and add extra charm and emotion to the proceedings. Budding readers will want to follow this duo's further adventures. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-As everyone works diligently on their science projects, Wagner doesn't make any real progress. His friend Pearl saves him from embarrassment by offering to share her robot. Likable animal characters present everyday classroom situations with healthy doses of candor and good humor. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.