Cover image for Winnie & Ernst
Winnie & Ernst
Freschet, Gina.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2003.
Physical Description:
47 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Winnie the possum and Ernst the otter go to a birthday party, bake for a bake sale, hold a garden party, and turn bad luck into good luck.
Reading Level:
430 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 74178.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 2 Quiz: 34205 Guided reading level: L.
Electronic Access:
Publisher description
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
READER Juvenile Fiction Readers

On Order



Four funny, easy-to-read stories about best friends Winnie (a possum) and Ernst (an otter) are best friends who can weather any predicament together. These charming, screwball stories have the pair looking desperately for the gift Winnie has gotten for Ms. Zora Beaver's birthday party and lost in her own house; making Aunt Sally's Famous Nut Loaf for a bake sale, but forgetting an important ingredient; bringing the outdoors in for a first-day-of-spring garden party nearly ruined by a snowfall; and learning the repercussions of breaking a mirror, not once, but twice. The silliness and the brightly colored pictures will have early readers eager to make the happy acquaintance of these two new characters.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-3, younger for reading aloud. Some of the four stories in this chapter book about Winnie the possum and her friend Ernst the otter may appeal as much to adults (especially those who remember Beatrix Potter) as to children. In the first episode, Ernst helps Winnie hunt through her house for the gift she bought for Ms. Zora Beaver's birthday. They search through all Winnie's things, from the refrigerator to the bookshelf, and finally find the gift where Winnie put it, so she wouldn't lose it. In other stories, the friends bake a cake; Winnie holds an early spring garden party for her woodland guests; and the friends break a mirror. With a bright, detailed picture and lots of text on every page, the eccentric woodland characters (Ms. Buttress Badger was very hard to please ) and warm domestic interiors make this a cozy read-aloud to share across generations. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-In the grand tradition of Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad, along comes a fresh take on the animal "buddy" story. In this book of four easy-to-read stories, Winnie the possum and Ernst the otter are the best of chums, attending a birthday party, making Aunt Sally's Famous Nut Loaf for a bake sale, having the neighbors over for a first-day-of-spring celebration, and turning bad luck into good. Each one helps the other out of the inevitable minor scrapes-a lost birthday present, a missed ingredient, an unexpected snowstorm, a broken mirror-with grace and good humor. Young readers will delight in the varied cast of characters and the silly situations; quirky details such as mood rings and lava lamps may be lost on some youngsters, but give the stories a hip but not-too-trendy tone. Humorous, softly colored illustrations have just the right amount of detail, and the text, designed for emerging readers, is simple without seeming contrived.-Sue Morgan, Tom Kitayama Elementary School, Union City, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.