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Monday, December 12, 2016

D is for Dudley & Other Nature Tales Review

Eleven short stories that celebrate nature are bundled together for your enjoyment. The title story is about the largest terrapin in Tilghman Cove, which is hated by local fishermen and hunted by the Simpson brothers. Valerie and her brother, Doug, must rely on their wits to try to save this elusive creature whose past is part of their family's history. Other stories deal with boys trying to find courage or understand the outdoors, a rebellious girl who adores a thunderstorm more than sunshine, a greyhound that loses a race and is banished from the track with dangerous consequences, and a six-year old girl who competes with a sixty year old farmer to raise and groom the best show rooster. These stories are recommended for middle grade children, ages 8-12.

I received a copy of this book at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

Our Review

This is a collection of different short stories, all centering around lessons about nature, animals, and the outdoors. Each story is a stand alone story. There is a lot of humor and cuteness in the stories. My 11 year old and 9 old enjoyed reading this book together, and reading with me and daddy at bedtime. There were a few stumbles over some of the words, but once they sounded them out they were good for the rest of the book. There's a wide range of animals and situations in the stories to keep them engaged and entertained. The stories are just the right length for one at bedtime, or one or two for quiet time during the day or on a long car ride. They wanted to know why there weren't more pictures, but they seemed to have a lot of fun imagining the animals, settings and characters in their heads. This is a very cute book for middle grade kids!

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