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Pages: 32
Themes: talking toys
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/04/2005
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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.

The Vancouver Sun - November 1, 2005
"Ned Dickens, playwright by trade, writes with a wonderful Suessical rhythm mand rhyme...utterly charming."
Canadian Children's Book News - October 1, 2005
"This rollicking rhyming story is enormously fun, not only to the ear, but to the eye."
Deakin Newsletter - July 1, 2005
"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."
Hi Rise - July 1, 2005
"A captivating picture book that will delight ages 4 to 8 again and again."
Quill & Quire - May 27, 2005
"The book design and zany illustrations by Graham Ross give By a Thread a very contemporary exuberance."
Kirkus Review - April 15, 2005
"Text and pictures burst with energy." "If only toy-box volcanoes erupted everywhere."
CM Magazine - February 18, 2005
"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."


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