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Violence & Scariness
The accumulation of safety pin, tape, glue, and clamp to heal a stuffed animal's injury may seem overwhelming to young children sensitive to injuries and emergencies.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the brightly colored and attractive characters will catch children's attention as they follow this warmhearted story. The sometimes overly dramatic writing is countered by the art and the comforting plot.
Is It Any Good?
The simple, entertaining story shows Elliot's bravery in the face of uncertainty, and Elliot's friends model caring and helpful behavior. Although the writing is somewhat overwrought at times, the illustrations attract with bold color and design and create warmth with textured, earth-colored animal fur, wooden floors, and woven baskets. Andrea Beck is successful at illustrating the expressive faces of the toy animals: The close-up of Elliot's concerned expression when he first injures himself tugs at the heart.
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