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published: Apr 2005
ISBN:9781551433257

By a Thread

by Ned Dickens, illustrated by Graham Ross

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toys, dolls, puppets, stories in verse, friendship
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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: Apr 2005
ISBN:9781551433257
Description

The toy box has erupted and the toys are perched high, dangling low, hanging by a thread. Bard, the old bear, has been lucky enough to land in the underwear drawer and from there is able to assist his friends, if only they will follow his daring directions. By a Thread is about heroism in small places, all the different kinds of courage a child can draw upon. The text rhymes, and its rhythm takes the tongue on a rollicking ride. Even the most determined reader will not be able to read the story silently.

About the Authors

Ned Dickens

Primarily a playwright, Ned Dickens lives a life filled with adventure. He has twice raised the money to buy a vehicle and drive it to Nicaragua to donate to development projects. He has been a special education teacher and has done theater with street kids.
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Graham Ross has grand plans for world domination through his illustrated inventions. Right now he’s having a “ball” hanging out with Billy Sure, the next sure thing! Graham lives in a little log home in the woods with his inventive family, just outside of Merrickville, Canada.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 8
Awards
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
Editorial Reviews

"The book design and zany illustrations by Graham Ross give By a Thread a very contemporary exuberance."

— Quill & Quire

"Ned Dickens, playwright by trade, writes with a wonderful Suessical rhythm mand rhyme...utterly charming."

— The Vancouver Sun

"A captivating picture book that will delight ages 4 to 8 again and again."

— Hi Rise

"This rollicking rhyming story is enormously fun, not only to the ear, but to the eye."

— Canadian Children's Book News

"Bright, lively, inventive, and a great deal of fun to read aloud as a whole, or with young assistance, By a Thread is a joy. Graham Ross's lively colourful illustrations are the perfect accompaniment."

— Deakin Newsletter

"A fun read-a-loud with expressive illustrations by Graham Ross that will delight the reader."

"A book that can be read and reread and enjoyed each time."

"Highly Recommended."

— CM Magazine

"Text and pictures burst with energy."

"If only toy-box volcanoes erupted everywhere."

— Kirkus Review

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By a Thread

Chaos ensues when the toy box in Beo’s bedroom erupts. Can Beo and the toys find a way back to safety? Acrylic, collage and watercolour pencil illustrations capture this funny rhyming story.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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