The Resource Friends stick together, by Hannah E. Harrison

Friends stick together, by Hannah E. Harrison

Label
Friends stick together
Title
Friends stick together
Statement of responsibility
by Hannah E. Harrison
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"When a loud-mouthed tickbird lands on Mortimer the rhino's nose and starts a symbiotic relationship, the reserved Mortimer is mortified, until he realizes they just might be the perfect pair"--
Tone
Character
Award
Oklahoma Book Award, Children, 2019.
Review
  • K-Gr 2—Rupert, a quiet rhino, gets more than he bargains for when a loud and obnoxious tickbird named Levi shows up at school and hops onto his nose. At first, Rupert, who enjoys reading dictionaries, listening to classical overtures, and eating cucumber sandwiches, is annoyed by Levi's presence. The raucous bird enjoys corny jokes, armpit farts, and popping wheelies. The two spend a lot of time together until Rupert devises a plan to make Levi leave but somehow the persistent little tickbird manages to stick to him like glue, at least for a while. When Levi is finally out of Rupert's hair, the rhino finds himself alone and feeling terrible. In the end, the two agree to become friends, creating an unusual pairing full of laughs and unexpected surprises. Like most of Harrison's books, this story is visually appealing and uses metaphors to deliver a cleverly crafted message about the value of friendship and interdependence. Robust vocabulary enriches the story line and creates opportunities for teachable moments. Underpinning the story is a series of kid-friendly antics that will undoubtedly tickle a few funny bones. VERDICT Teeming with emotionally stirring messages about the benefit of symbiotic relationships, this book will not only serve as a great read-aloud but will also help reshape the future of character education.—Andrea Jamison, Lincoln Elementary School, Calumet City, IL --Andrea Jamison (Reviewed 03/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 3, p84)
  • Rupert is a solitary rhinoceros with cerebral tastes: “I like reading dictionaries, listening to classical overtures, and eating cucumber sandwiches with no crust.” Then Levi, a rambunctious tickbird, takes up residence on Rupert’s nose—a textbook symbiotic relationship. Levi is loud, loves to burp, and makes gross jokes about how Rupert’s ticks taste like chicken. Rupert finally shakes Levi loose, but soon realizes how much he misses his companionship and tick-eating abilities (without him, Rupert is pretty itchy). Harrison (My Friend Maggie) uses her signature visual elegance to provide an effective counterpart to her smartly observed stories of kid life. Rupert’s embarrassment and misery are visceral, and his preferred vest-and-tie combos speak volumes about his buttoned-up personality, just as Levi’s tank tops and shorts do. If this story is less satisfying than its predecessors, it’s because Rupert seems more willing to adapt to Levi than the other way around; the common ground the friends find is essentially on Levi’s terms. If this is symbiosis, it’s a lopsided version. Ages 4–8. Agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed 02/19/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 8, p)
  • Rupert the rhino is a bit put off by Levi the tickbird's enthusiastic attachment to him. Harrison mines the symbiotic relationship between real rhinos and tickbirds in her humorous story about anthropomorphic animals at school. Rupert is proper, socially awkward, and self-conscious, while silly Levi, the new kid at school, brims with exuberance and confidence. He tags along with (often literally on) an increasingly mortified Rupert, and the natural world informs the story when Rupert is embarrassed by Levi's loud enjoyment of ticks he plucks from his body in the cafeteria. "Yummy! Tastes like chicken!" Levi jokes in front of an offended hen and a mortified Rupert, who eventually decides "Levi has got to go." He tries various means of ridding himself of Levi, whose ever generous and loyal responses to various passive-aggressive moves stymie the rhino. Finally, Rupert directly tells Levi to back off, saying "I find your boisterousness a tad loathsome," and "Your uncouthness is slightly problematic." Predictably, but nevertheless satisfyingly so, Rupert ends up missing Levi when the bird, hurt and confused, grants the rhino the space he wants. Throughout, the text's humor is matched by Harrison's lively illustrations, which excel in visual characterization and provide funny asides to extend the story. The clothed animals are a stitch, both entirely animal and completely human. This friendship story sticks out. (Picture book. 3-7) (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2018)
Assigning source
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10659098
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harrison, Hannah E
Dewey number
[E]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD580L
  • Decoding demand: 80 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 87 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 79 (high)
  • Structure demand: 89 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
Reading level
2.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Friendship
  • Symbiosis
  • Best friends
  • Friendship
  • Individuality
  • Birds
  • Rhinoceroses
Target audience
primary
Label
Friends stick together, by Hannah E. Harrison
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1923031
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780399186653
Lccn
2017008133
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399186653
  • (OCoLC)994205556
Label
Friends stick together, by Hannah E. Harrison
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1923031
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780399186653
Lccn
2017008133
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399186653
  • (OCoLC)994205556

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