A Letter for Maria

Elizabeth Lindsay, Author Orchard Books (NY) $0 (32p) ISBN 978-0-531-05775-9
Bear writes his friend Maria a picture letter, then journeys to the hospital to deliver it, finds her and gets a hug. The plot is cute but not logical; Bear cannot write, but he can make a treacherous walk to the hospital alone (getting drenched on the way) and find the room (#120) alone. Rhetorical questions (``What is the number on the door? Bear looks carefully. This is it.'') create a condescending tone. The pictures are warm, if bland, and the simplicity may appeal. While the underlying emotionsmissing a friend, joy in finding himare certainly on target for the young child, the story disappoints. Ages 2-6. (September)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-531-08375-8
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