Sprout Street Neighbors: Five Stories by Anna Alter

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Summary:  Henry, Violet, Emma, Wilbur, and Fernando (a mouse, chicken, squirrel, cat, and rabbit) are neighbors in their apartment building.  Each one stars in one of the stories.  Henry’s nap is disturbed by Emma’s acorn storage; Emma is determined to have the best birthday party ever; Fernando learns to express himself by dancing; Violet survives a flood; and Wilbur wants to save a community garden.  Together they learn to solve their problems and be good neighbors to one another.  Recommended for ages 6-9.

Pros:  This is a cozy book, just right for readers who are moving into chapter books.  Each chapter stands alone and has plenty of illustrations.

Cons:  The chapters are a bit long for beginners.

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