A charming tale about paddling past fears with the help of true friends.
Houndsley loves to canoe. Catina loves to ride bikes. But when Houndsley takes Catina out canoeing, she chatters the whole time, drowning out the sounds Houndsley loves, like the call of birds or the plink and plunk of the paddles. And when Catina wants to go biking, Houndsley balks at going, even though Bert says he wants to come along. What is wrong with Catina? And what is wrong with Houndsley? Luckily, with Bert’s help, they discover that the things you’re afraid of are easier to do with a good friend or two at your side.
James Howe is the acclaimed author of more than seventy books for young readers, including the Houndsley and Catina series and the much lauded Bunnicula and its sequels. He lives in New York State.
Marie-Louise Gay, illustrator of the Houndsley and Catina series, is the award-winning author and illustrator of many other titles, including Rainy Day Magic and the Stella and Sam series. She lives in Montreal.
A sweetly engaging story…energetic watercolors brim with personality and humor.
With an engaging story, wonderful illustrations, and memorable characters, this title will be a real treat for children who are learning how to read on their own.
—Looking Glass Review
Illustrations glow with warmth and good spirits…an encouraging book on overcoming fears.
The message is clear. With the support of true friends a person can overcome just about any obstacle or hurdle... This might open up an interesting dialogue.
An excellent book that teaches the value of friends and how they can help a person overcome a secret fear, this is always a great story for beginning readers.