Tuesday, December 11, 2018

THE SLOTH WHO SLOWED US DOWN by Margaret Wild.  Illus. by
Vivienne To. New York: Abrams, 2018  32p. ISBN 978-141973195-2 hc.
$16.99   Gr. K-3   E PIC

Amy's family rushed through life, cramming as many activities as possible
into each day.  Things began to change when she brought a sloth home
from the park.  Amy's parents encouraged the sloth to move a little faster,
but he took lots of time to clean up before dinner, even longer to eat, and
continued his slow pace while helping with the dishes.  Amy, being a
considerate person, immediately slowed down her level of activity to
accomodate the sloth, and soon her parents did too.  They seemed to enjoy
spending time together and decided to make some changes in their daily
schedule to slow down, following the example of sloth.  The illustrations
are vivid, expressing the slowness of the sloth against the flurry of activity
produced by Amy and her family.  The last page humorously portrays
sloth, who has moved next door to where he's needed most - with the new
"speediest family in the world."
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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