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Title:
Larabee
Author:
Luthardt, Kevin.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 26 cm
Summary:
The mailman's dog, Larabee, helps deliver letters and packages to everyone on the route except himself.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.4 0.5 74813.
ISBN:
9781561453009
Format :
Book

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Summary

Expressive illustrations and simple language demonstrate how a single expression of friendship can have profound effects.
Every morning, the mailman Mr. Bowman and his dog Larabee wake up very early to deliver the mail. Larabee likes riding in the mail truck. He likes carrying the mailbag too. He likes delivering the mail and he always, always makes sure it is delivered on time. There's only one thing Larabee doesn't like: There is never a letter for him! Then one day, after all the mail has been delivered, Mr. Bowman reaches down into his bag and finds a letter...addressed to Larabee!
Author-illustrator Kevin Luthardt utilizes his highly expressive, comical full-color illustrations and minimal text to poignantly and humorously dramatize this special tale of the pure joy that can result from the simplest expression of friendship.


Author Notes

KEVIN LUTHARDT is the author-illustrator of Larabee and Peep! and the illustrator of Zoom! He is an artist and muralist whose work appears in galleries and other venues. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Luthardt regularly visits elementary schools across the country where he delights young children with an interactive program. He lives with his family in Skokie, Illinois.

KEVIN LUTHARDT is the author-illustrator of Larabee and Peep! and the illustrator of Zoom! He is an artist and muralist whose work appears in galleries and other venues. He received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Luthardt regularly visits elementary schools across the country where he delights young children with an interactive program. He lives with his family in Skokie, Illinois.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. Eager, spotted pup Larabee loves his job helping mail carrier Mr. Bowman make his deliveries, and the pair is welcomed by everyone--except Mrs. Fellini, who likes cats. But enthusiastic receptions aren't quite enough for Larabee, who yearns for a letter of his own. Of course, when he finally gets it, he can't stop wiggling for joy. What could have been just another sweet story gets a lift from charmingly quirky pictures. Luthardt ( Peep, 2002) bends and stretches simple geometric shapes and then uses varied perspectives, carefully placed white highlights, and intense colors to take the saccharine edge off his story. Characters occasionally verge on stereotype, but the unusual art (nicely sized for small-group sharing) and the idea of wishes fulfilled can't help but leave little ones with a warm, happy feeling themselves. --Stephanie Zvirin Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Larabee, a yellow spotted dog with noodly black ears, belongs to a mailman, Mr. Bowman. Every day, they deliver letters to old and young people throughout their ethnically diverse town. Although it goes without comment, the mail implies a great deal about its recipients: a boy receives a birthday card; an elderly woman happily accepts junk mail and dreams of riches ("You could have just won $1,000,000!" reads the envelope); and Mr. and Mrs. Mendoza "get a letter from their son in the army." Larabee enjoys making the neighborhood rounds, but wishes someone would send him a letter. (Larabee does not speak, but communicates by sniffing the blue mail bag.) Mr. Bowman shrugs that "dogs don't get mail," yet at the end of the day, there is a lavender envelope in the sack. Lacey, a girl who "loves Larabee the most," has written him a simple crayon note that makes his day (Mr. Bowman reads it aloud to the pooch). Through quiet Larabee, who feels neglected even if he is not lonely, Luthardt (Peep!) suggests how much people appreciate getting personal, tangible greetings. The gouache and acrylic pictures-of round-headed characters, blocky houses and green shrubbery-keep the simple message at the forefront, and Lacey's unadorned card demonstrates how anyone can make a small, thoughtful gesture to a friend. Ages 2-6. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A golden pup with big black spots, a long snout, and floppy ears loves accompanying his owner, Mr. Bowman, as he delivers the mail. Larabee helps to bring Little Benny a birthday card and the Mendoza family an envelope from their son in the army. Although he knows that dogs don't get mail, he wishes that just once he would receive a letter. After a busy day, the mailbag is empty, except for a piece of correspondence that makes his dream come true. Whimsical characters in vibrant colors fill the artwork, done in gouache, colored pencil, and acrylic. Bold one- and two-page paintings depict a culturally diverse community. The simple text, supplemented by expressive thought balloons, effectively details the daily routine of a mail carrier, as well as how Larabee's presence affects the people he meets. This fun read-aloud will charm children.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.