Lucy meets a brain that helps her realize that everyone is smart in different ways. Includes a discussion section for parents and teachers.Lucy meets a brain that helps her realize that everyone is smart in different ways. Includes a discussion section for parents and teachers.Read Less
Bill Mayer. Very Good in Better Than Fair Price Intact: jacket. Book. 9 1/4 X 9 1/4. Pages are very firm, bright and clean. Boards, spine, edges and corners very good. Binding firm and straight. Thirty-two unpaginated pages. If desired for enjoyment or familial recitation, this is the one. Illustrated with color drawings. Jacket in a crystal-clear polyester protector sleeve. No apparent wear.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-11-15 Psychiatrist Hallowell (Driven to Distraction) attempts to impart a worthwhile if well-worn message in rhyming couplets. Unfortunately the story's hokey and jarring delivery significantly diminishes the impact of the moral, as does the garish artwork. Walking in the rain, Lucy encounters a bug-eyed creature who "look[s] like a lump of cold smoke" and says, "Hello, little girl, I'm a brain,/ And I'm stuck out here in the rain./ Manfred's my name, for short it's just Fred,/ And I fear that I've just lost my head." As the two go in search of Fred's missing body part, the child asks the brain to make her smart and "Fred said with a start,/ `Everyone's smart!/ You just need to find out at what!' " He then launches into a rambling tale about a brain named Complain who coined the word "smart," equating "smart" with "best." Finally a brain called Tru counters Complain's claim, announcing, "No brain is the best!/ .../ What we need to do is explore and find all our talents galore!" Just before an eerie scene in which Fred "dive[s] into his head" to end the tale, he echoes this sentiment in equally vapid terms: "No brain is the same, no brain is the best,/ Each brain finds its own special way." Mayer's depiction of the brain characters does not differentiate among them, and the girl's nearly featureless face may creep out some youngsters. His sterile compositions do little to enliven the narrative. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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