Monday, April 5, 2021

SYDNEY & TAYLOR EXPLORE THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD by Jacqueline Davies. Illus. by Deborah Hocking. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021. 79p. ISBN 978-0358106319 hc. $14.99 Gr. 2-3 JUV

What do you say to your best friend who wants to "see more of the whole wide world?" 
 Sydney, who was used to creature comforts such as a reliable food source and a cozy
home, pushed his limits aside and said, "Then we will."  Thus began the journey from the 
burrow, into the sunlight, past Miss Nancy's House, and beyond.  The delightful pair didn't 
pack lunch, due to miscommunication, and decided to hunt frogs - a first-time experience
for them both.  As they were negotiating with their prey, a bouncy dog scared them. 
Taylor rolled into a ball, as hedgehogs do, while Sydney had to bring on the skunk spray.  
Bigger danger awaited them as a truck came down the road, stopping only when
Miss Nancy waved the truck down.  The duo returned home to reminisce about the
adventure.  Maybe, someday, they'll write a book.  In fact, SYDNEY & TAYLOR TAKE 
A FLYING LEAP will be published in August 2021.  Happy reading!
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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