Cinnamon's Day Out: A Gerbil Adventure

Susan L. Roth, Author, Susan L. Roth, Illustrator
Susan L. Roth, Author, Susan L. Roth, Illustrator Dial Books $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-2322-1
Reviewed on: 06/01/1998
Release date: 06/01/1998
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For Cinnamon the gerbil, an expedition outside the terrarium proves as thrilling as a safari. This adventure commences with the breathless reunion of Cinnamon and a companion, Snowball, who embrace in front of an exercise wheel. ""I've been OUT!"" Cinnamon gasps. The relieved rodent explains how, that morning, the ""sky"" (the screen ceiling of the cage) fell, revealing a ""mountain"" (of books). Cinnamon recalls a close call with a ""wolf,"" a ride on a (toy) train and a drink from a ""pond"" that is in fact a dog dish. Roth (My Love for You) shows how the furry fugitive finds a sheltering ""barn""--the pantry--and is rescued by ""the giant,"" represented by a pair of hands. In the whimsical multimedia collages, Cinnamon appears almost life-size. Handmade brown paper with fuzzy filaments serves as the gerbil's coat, corrugated cardboard takes the shape of a cat, patterned wallpapers provide appropriate home-decor backdrops, and a real screen and wood shavings recreate the gerbil's own home. With a gentle sense of humor, Roth convincingly narrates from Cinnamon's point of view, inviting readers to identify with the small creature even as they reappraise the wide world around them. A just-right blend of excitement and stability. Ages 4-7. (June)
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