The Wainscott Weasel
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Wainscott Weasel is a delightful story of a misfit weasel in love with a fish. Originally pubished in 1993, it's a gem that the American Library Association named a 1994 Notable Children's Book, and it's sure to become a favorite of any kid who loves animals and nature. With both beautiful words and illustrations, this chapter book brings the Wainscott woods to life. The constant threat of predators may be scary for young kids, as well main character Bagley's story of how he lost his eye in a run-in with an owl. The memory of the death of parent is a thread throughout the book, which also may upset younger kids. Yet, if your kid can handle these themes, they will love the descriptions of the weasels dancing and the warm messages of love and friendship.
What's the story?
Bagley Brown, Jr. is a weasel who mostly keeps to himself. The patch he wears over his eye, his famous, now missing father, and his disklike for dancing (unlike the other weasels in Wainscott) all make him feel different. To make matters worse, he falls in love with Bridget, a fish. Despite the trouble that a weasel-loving a fish presents, Bagley Brown is committed to doing anything he can to keep Bridget safe from the predator-ridden pond. But to protect his beloved, he must enlist the help of the other animals.
Is it any good?
Tor Seidler brings the Wainscott woods to life with vivid descriptions of nature and vibrant, charming characters. Fred Marcellino's beautiful illustrations throughout THE WAINSCOTT WEASEL help make this world pop off the page. The story of Bagley and his friends is exciting and unpredictable. Kids will love the colorful assortment of characters, including a family oriented bullfrog, a gorgeous striped bass, and cheerful sparrows.
While keeping kids' attention with suspense and humor, the author also creates characters who are complicated and sophisticated and show kids that not everyone is who you think they are at first; love can be blind, unexpected, and tricky; and you sometimes find friends hidden in places you would never expect.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how the memory of Bagley's father both helped and hurt Bagley's friendships.
Can you think of any other story in which two characters fall into unrealistic or tricky love? Does it work out for them?
Do you find the map at the beginning of the book helpful? Why?
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Friendship, Great boy role models, Misfits and underdogs, Science and nature, Wild animals|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Children's Books|
|Publication date:||January 1, 1993|
|Number of pages:||200|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||5 - 12|
|Read aloud:||5 - 8|
|Read alone:||6 - 10|
|Available on:||Paperback, Nook|
|Award:||ALA Best and Notable Books|