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Frank and Izzy set sail
Kvasnosky, Laura McGee.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2004.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 25 cm
Frank the bear and Izzy the rabbit sail to Crescent Island and camp overnight.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 78067.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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The creator of ZELDA AND IVY illustrates the fine art of being a good friend -- and still being yourself-in an engaging, amusing tale about appreciating differences.

Frank likes the quiet life -- an afternoon sitting in his favorite armchair and playing the ukulele suits him just fine. Izzy, on the other hand, craves an adventure, as you might expect of a rabbit whose grandma sailed the seven seas with a parrot on her shoulder (well, maybe not the parrot part). It's no surprise that when Izzy suggests they sail to Crescent Island and camp out overnight, Frank is a tiny bit hesitant. But when Izzy agrees to tow along most of Frank's earthly possessions -- and Frank patches up an unexpected mishap on Izzy's part -- they both agree that odd couples can make great companions for sharing a wonderful summer's day.

Author Notes

Laura McGee Kvasnosky has published twelve books for young readers, including the award-winning series about the two fabulous fox sisters, Zelda and Ivy. She says of FRANK AND IZZY SET SAIL, "I identify with many of the characteristics of Izzy, while my husband takes after Frank. We're still practicing our ukuleles for the Talent Show."

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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. There's a fine tradition of picture books about friends who are opposites, and this fits nicely in that niche. Frank's a stolid bear, happy to stay home and play the ukulele. Izzy, a rabbit, likes adventure, and though Frank at first demurs, he finally accompanies her on a sailing jaunt and an overnight campout--though not before packing practically all he owns. The camping trip is fraught with noises and near misses, and Izzy hurts her paw. But Frank has brought bandages and steps up to get them home when she can't handle the tiller. In the end, both of them come to a new appreciation of the other's strengths, and the underlying message about trying new things (or trying to be more conservative in one's actions) comes across subtly. Using gouache resist as her medium, Kvasnosky creates spreads or encircled vignettes to capture the friendship as well as the scenic pleasures of being on the water and camping out. With simply drawn figures and everything outlined in black, the pictures neatly reflect children's artwork. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Opposites make good partners in this low-key tale, where an adventurous rabbit goes camping with her stay-at-home friend, a brown bear. Izzy, an outdoorsy Katherine Hepburn type, arrives at Frank's lakeside house wearing a sailor suit and ready to go boating. Frank, her overcautious counterpart, associates sailing with "shipwrecks and castaways," but he can't deter Izzy from her plan. He fills a large raft with gear ("I like to be prepared"), and they sail to an island where Izzy goes hiking and leaves Frank to set up camp. When Izzy returns with a hurt paw ("A sasquatch bit it," she claims), Frank bandages it and serves a hot dinner. To Frank's delight, Izzy packed his ukulele, and he conquers his shyness to play some nostalgic, bunny-themed songs like "Hoppy Days Are Here Again." Kvasnosky (Zelda and Ivy) depicts Izzy as the intrepid type who provides spontaneous fun, and Frank as the practical fellow (and a bit of a worrywart) who averts disaster and winds up enjoying himself. The author's gouache-resist paintings feature pale, waxy colors washed over crayony black, creating a quiet, nonthreatening atmosphere that dispels Frank's trepidations. Frank and Izzy's flirty camaraderie resembles that of two old-fashioned adults rather than two children, but their easy-going, give-and-take friendship provides an example for any age. Ages 5-9. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A sweet look at two friends who explore their differences. Frank, a bear, is quiet, shy, and ultra-organized, while spontaneous Izzy, a rabbit, loves adventure and exploration. Their sailing trip to Crescent Island for an overnight camping excursion is a bit more than they bargain for, with Izzy getting injured and timid Frank having to take the lead, but the two realize that they are a good team. The gouache resist artwork captures the characters' personalities to a tee and the gorgeous landscapes depict an appealing outdoor experience despite the minor mishaps. While the quiet text may prove too lengthy for group sharing, the colorful art is full of charming details that are perfect for poring over.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.