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The art of manipulation
Sparkman, R. B.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Press, [1978]

Physical Description:
vii, 182 pages ; 21 cm
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When Mrs. C.E. Rabbit gets sick, her children and their friends try to make her a get-well breakfast whith near-disastrous, but very effective results.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-- A forgettable effort that's as rambling and disjointed as a story told by a four-year-old. While Mrs. Cactus-Eared Rabbit is bedridden with a cold, her children and their friends make breakfast. Predictably, they make an enormous mess, spilling and scorching with abandon. A gruesome meal of boiled-down chicken soup and coffee, served inside a strange edifice built of burned muffins and butter, inexplicably revives Mrs. Rabbit. She heads for the kitchen, to the dismay of the children. `` `Don't worry . . . everything's okay!' '' shouts Greyer Coyote, standing in the midst of chaos. ``And so it was,'' reads the final page, with all the animals sipping milk at a suddenly spic-and-span table. Even the smallest listener won't believe the situation was resolved so quickly and painlessly. Busy, childlike watercolors can't overcome the silly story and awkward writing. For messy-breakfast stories with more appeal, go with Jillian Wynot's The Mother's Day Sandwich (Orchard) and No Thumpin', No Bumpin', No Rumpus Tonight (Atheneum, both 1990) by Nancy Patz. --Lucy Young Clem, Evansville Vanderburgh County Public Library, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.