Taking Care of Tucker

Pat Lowery Collins, Author Putnam Publishing Group $13.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-399-21586-5
This book has such a poignant, true-to-life quality that it either came directly out of real experience or is the product of a remarkably sensitive imagination. In either case, the story is a joy to read. Millie, an only child, is looking forward to playing ``big sister'' to her cousin, three-year-old Tucker, when he comes to spend the weekend. As soon as Tucker's parents drive away, though, he dissolves into tears, which he alternates with devilish antics. Readers will suffer along with Millie as all her friendly gestures are rebuffed until at last she has her moment: a tired and lonely Tucker crawls into her bed early in the morning. Both author and illustrator are perfectly in tune with Millie's desire to help and Tucker's inability to settle down with strangers; this joint effort handsomely conveys the spirit of family life. Ages 4-8. (April)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1989
Release date: 04/01/1989
Genre: Children's
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