Patches and Scratches (Simply Sarah)-Marcy Dunn Ramsey, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

  • Title: Patches and Scratches (Simply Sarah)
  • Author: Marcy Dunn Ramsey, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Released: 2007-04-01
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  • Pages: 74
  • ISBN: 0761453474
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From School Library Journal Grade 2–4—In this third title in the series, Sarah Simpson, whose father calls her his "Idea Girl," looks for another problem to solve. When she discovers that her friend Peter wants a dog but is not allowed to have one in the apartment he shares with his grandmother, Sarah works hard to find a solution to his quandary. She tries giving him a goldfish and then a turtle, but he is not satisfied. Then his granny is given a cat, and neither she nor Peter is sure about keeping it: Granny Belle is convinced that the feline will leave hair all over the sofa and it immediately scratches Peter. Can Sarah resolve this dilemma and prove to them both that Patches is a pet worth keeping? The text is on target for youngsters just beginning to read chapter books and has the graphic support of two illustrations per chapter. Written with mild suspense, the gentle story almost seems to take place in another era, where children could walk the city streets alone, making the modern-day Chicago setting a bit difficult to believe. Buy additionally or if you already own others in the series.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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From Like Cuckoo Feathers (2006), this chapter book in the Simply Sarah series is about pets in the city. Peter wants a dog, but the apartment rules don't allow it. "Problem-solver" Sarah tries getting him other pets, but nothing seems right, until Peter reluctantly takes in a stray cat, Patches. Unfortunately, Granny Belle doesn't want the cat, and it falls to Sarah to work out a plan. The plot twists and turns, the dialogue is fast and easy, and the adult characters (including the grumpy building engineer and Sarah's distant dad) are as much fun as the kids and their beloved animals. Ink-and-wash illustrations showing a multiracial neighborhood add a pleasing shine to the story. Hazel Rochman
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