Wild Times at the Bed and Biscuit
Wild Times at the Bed and Biscuit
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Annotation: When Grampa Bender temporarily takes in some wounded wild animals, Sir Walter, the Scottie, decides he would prefer to be wild and free as well.
Catalog Number: #4117645
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Illustrator: Jones, Noah Z.,
Pages: 124 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-3705-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-3705-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2008938398
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
In his second tale, Ernest the mini-pig has his hooves full at the Bed & Biscuit animal boardinghouse. Not only is he hosting unappreciative guests, he's also training a new puppy--who thinks he was born to be wild. Readers learn the differences between wild and domesticated animals in this entertaining story illustrated with clean-lined pencil and watercolor drawings.
School Library Journal
Gr 14 Part James Herriot, and part Dick King-Smith, this endearing sequel to Welcome to the Bed & Biscuit (Candlewick, 2006) explores the intricate connection between wild and domesticated animals with a trim plot attached. The wildlife shelter is having some new pens built, so veterinarian Grandpa Bender is enlisted to take in a Canada goose with an arrow through its neck, a muskrat with an infected foot, and a pair of orphaned fox kits. The narrator and main character is a mini-pig named Ernest, who tries to watch the other animals that reside with the vet: a Vietnamese hill mynah, a Maine coon cat, and a Scottie pup. The animals all communicate with each other, and the bird actually speaks to humans as well. The charming black-and-white illustrations are reminiscent of Garth Williams's work. This story's messages speak to children's interest in wild animals. The dominant theme involves a kindly veterinarian successfully rehabilitating animals and releasing them to the wild. A secondary theme speaks to the responsibility of hunters to bag their prey, not leaving wounded animals to die slowly. And a subtle plotline addresses the relationship of dogs to their wild cousins, the foxes. The story unfolds without preaching, but aptly hits on these issues. It would make a great read-aloud for the primary grades and is sure to be a hit with competent easy-chapter-book readers. Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 14,530
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 134721 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.2 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q48758
Lexile: 670L

The Bed and Biscuit is going wild! Kids will laugh at — and learn from — this adventure, as Grampa takes in some ailing critters who are anything but tame.

Ever since Grampa Bender opened his doors (and veterinary skills) to a despondent Canada goose, a cranky muskrat, and two tiny but rebellious fox kits, his animal boarding house has been turned upside down. Luckily, Ernest the mini-pig is on hand to marshal the other animals into being good hosts — but since wild things are, well, wild by nature, it has been trickier than he imagined. Plus Ernest is trying to train Sir Walter, the Scottish terrier puppy who is the newest addition to the family. But what if Sir Walter doesn’t want to be told what to do and decides that running wild like a fox sounds like lots of fun?

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