Sydney & Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World
Sydney & Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World
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Annotation: Best-selling author Jacqueline Davies tells the story of two unlikely friends: Sydney and Taylor, a skunk and a hedgehog who strike out to discover the great unknown, despite how afraid they are of it. Charming full-color illustrations and a laugh-out-loud story make this chapter book perfect for fans of the Mercy Watson and Owl Diaries series.
Catalog Number: #213224
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Illustrator: Hocking, Deborah,
Pages: 79 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-358-10631-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-358-10631-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019035853
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
At every turn of events, the title characters’ personalities seem to shift and reverse.Sydney and Taylor live in a burrow under Miss Nancy’s potting shed. Sydney is a skunk who loves to sit quietly and listen to the sounds of the world above. Taylor is a hedgehog who longs to travel and explore the world beyond the burrow. Sydney cares about his friend and wants him to be happy, so he agrees to an expedition. Almost immediately, however, Taylor becomes nervous and worries that his fear of new things and strangers will overcome him; Sydney staunchly reassures him. Although they have never even met Miss Nancy and know nothing of what waits beyond her fence, they set off feeling “wild and fearless and free.” At first Taylor is the brave one, mapping the route and leading the way. But with every new encounter Taylor’s fright takes over, and it is Sydney who provides leadership and solutions. To their great relief—and with a little help from Miss Nancy—the intrepid adventurers arrive home safely. Davies describes the action with verve, humor, and compassion, employing vivid, expressive syntax as she focuses on the characters’ nonfussy, genuine friendship and the shifts in their dynamic. Hocking’s very carefully rendered, brightly colored illustrations closely follow the events, capturing the friends’ personalities and their every emotion; their burrow, seen in an early cross-section, is a delight unto itself.An enduring friendship wins the day in this chapter-book adventure. (Fantasy. 6-8)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* With a nod to The Wind in the Willows (not to mention that wink to the author of the All-of-a-Kind Family books), Davies sends an odd-couple pair of animal burrow mates out to explore the "whole wide world." Taylor, a hedgehog, is the one who has the big idea of an outing, but it's Sydney the skunk who sheds his initial reluctance to pull his suddenly timorous roomie out of their comfy digs beneath the potting shed of the (supposedly) oblivious Miss Nancy. And what do they discover? Along with steep hills to tackle, hedges to poke through, and trackless meadows, it seems that someone neglected to bring provisions, that streams are for falling into, that when an overly frisky dog runs up, it's good to be a skunk (but not for the dog), and that when there's a busy road to be crossed, a gardener like Miss Nancy is handy to have around to stop traffic. Hocking illustrates the short chapters with delicately detailed scenes of settled, peaceful countryside and cozy subterranean digs well furnished with books and easy chairs. "Best expedition ever," Sydney sighs afterward, collapsing into one of the latter. "We'll see," replies the newly emboldened Taylor, poring over a large map. Readers of this series kickoff, which lends itself equally well to solo or shared reading, will be eager to see, too.
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Word Count: 2,369
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 510309 / grade: Lower Grades

Best-selling author Jacqueline Davies tells the story of two unlikely friends: Sydney and Taylor, a skunk and a hedgehog who strike out to discover the great unknown, despite how afraid they are of it. Charming full-color illustrations and a laugh-out-loud story make this chapter book perfect for fans of the Mercy Watson and Owl Diaries series. Sydney is a skunk and Taylor is a hedgehog, but no matter how odd the pairing may seem, their friendship comes naturally. They live happily in their cozy burrow . . . until the day Taylor gets his Big Idea to go see the Whole Wide World. From mountains taller than a hundred hedgehogs, valleys wider than a thousand skunks, to the dangers that lie in the human world, Sydney and Taylor wanted to see it all. With a map and a dream, they bravely set off, soon discovering that the world ismuch bigger than they realized . . .


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