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Sweet Briar goes to school
Wilson, Karma.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
The other animals at school make fun of Sweet Briar because she is a skunk and has a strong smell, until she uses her scent to chase away a hungry wolf.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 74308.
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Sweet Briar's parents think she's the sweetest thing in the whole world. But Sweet Briar is a skunk, and she smells like one too. At school, all the other kids make fun of her. No one wants to play with her at recess, and horrible Wormwood Weasel makes up mean songs about her. How can Sweet Briar show them that there's more to her than just her scent? Karma Wilson has written a tender and funny read-aloud that young children will want to hear again and again. With glowing illustrations by LeUyen Pham, Sweet Briar is sure to win over many hearts and noses this season. Illustrated by LeUyen Pharm.

Author Notes

Karma Wilson was an only child who grew up in Idaho and developed a love of reading at an early age. She was reading a novel a day by the age of eleven. Karma never considered a writing career until she and her husband used a tax refund to buy a computer. Determined to make the machine pay for itself, Karma learned to type and decided to try her hand at writing. After countless rejections, Bear Snores On was released in 2002 and made it on both The New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists for children's books. Since then, she has had more than 30 other books accepted for publication. Her title Bear Says Thanks made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Sweet Briar was a skunk, and she smelled like one too. As Sweet Briar grew, so did her aroma," writes Wilson (Bear Snores On). Though named for the roses growing in her yard, Sweet Briar still suffers the slings and arrows of classmates who make fun of her strong scent. One day Wormwood Weasel coins a taunting rhyme-"Stinky Sweet Briar,/ She's no rose!/ When she walks by,/ Plug up your nose!"-and the next day the students show up with paper clips on their noses. All this leaves the skunk in a miserable, tail-dragging mood until she puts her odiferous powers to work to save Wormwood from a wolf. Empathizing children (not to mention those who identify with the heroine) won't find much comedy in the cruelty of snickering classmates, and even the nickname Sweet Briar's parents call her takes on an unfortunate connotation ("Little Squirt"). Pham's (Before I Was Your Mother) sympathetic full-color spreads and spot illustrations focus on those heartbreaking first days at school; one scene shows Sweet Briar peeking out forlornly from under a desk during a game of hide-and-seek in which no one bothers to look for her. The watercolors feature wide-eyed anthropomorphic expressions and soothing hues that wrap the tale in a velvety coziness; she dots the woodland browns and mossy greens with the bright colors of the animals' clothing. This tale of childhood teasing rings all too true-to-life, but ends conveniently when the benefits of having a skunk for a friend outweigh her use as a scapegoat. Ages 4-8. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 1-Sweet Briar, a small and slightly odiferous female skunk, is new to Miss Chickory's class and is shunned by the other students. However, the school faces bigger problems since a local wolf has been spotted in the nearby woods. When he snatches one of the youngsters during recess, Sweet Briar bravely acts to save the loudest of her tormentors and earns the friendship of all. Warm watercolor art with a broad range of cartoon animal expressions fills the pages of this traditional story of a misfit who forces those around her to look beyond the surface to see her sweet nature. Children just entering school will relate to her determination and swing of emotions. They will also appreciate the sweet smell of success.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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