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Flop Ear-Guido van Genechten

  • Title: Flop Ear
  • Author: Guido van Genechten
  • Released: 2001-02-01
  • Language:
  • Pages: 32
  • ISBN: 0764117629
  • ISBN13: 978-0764117626
  • ASIN: 0764117629

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With this sweet gift set, young kids can cuddle up with an adorable stuffed bunny and read all about accepting differences. Flop-Ear the bunny, like Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, has a problem. All the other rabbits laugh and call him names because one of his ears flops down, in spite of all his earnest efforts: wedging a carrot in it, wrapping it up with bandages, or attaching it to a clothespin on the end of a fishing pole. It takes some mature contemplation (and a trip to a wise doctor) to convince him that it's okay to be different.

Guido Van Genechten's whimsical illustrations are tremendously appealing; the story, however, is a bit weak. The ending, especially, is perplexing: Flop-Ear returns to his tormenting peers, who admit they've been bored without having him around (to tease, presumably). When they see that their lop-eared pal has stopped playing the victim, they suddenly want to be just like him, thus defeating the message that there's nothing wrong with being different. Still, the cute pictures and plush toy will provide a great starting place for discussions about differences. Teeny-tiny print, though--get out your magnifying glass! (Ages 3 to 6) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-This bunny is worried because one of his ears flops down. He endures the teasing of the other rabbits and tries all sorts of remedies, none of which work. He splints his ear to a carrot, then to a stick; wraps it up stiffly with a bandage, and even tries tying a helium balloon to his wayward ear. All these attempts bring failure to Flop-Ear and hilarity to the animals watching him. However, after the doctor tells him that he is normal, just different, he is able to accept his appearance. He even goes so far as to attach a carrot to his floppy ear to weigh it down further and the other rabbits do the same. Although the main character is adorably portrayed with thick black outlines and an open smiling face, this superficial, easily resolved story doesn't hold up. Franz Brandenberg's Otto Is Different (1985; o.p.), Kevin Henkes's Chrysanthemum (1991, both Greenwillow), Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Jennifer Jean, the Cross-Eyed Queen (Carolrhoda, 1993; o.p.), and David McKee's Elmer (Lothrop, 1989) are better-told tales about differences or disadvantages overcome.

Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY

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