Arthur's Birthday
Arthur's Birthday
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Series: Arthur Picture Books Vol. 12   

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Annotation: Their friends must decide which party to attend when Muffy schedules her birthday party for the same day as Arthur's birthday party.
Catalog Number: #4782550
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 1989
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-11074-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-11074-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 88025912
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
About this 13th book starring the bespectacled aardvark, PW said, ``The festive watercolor-and-ink drawings are full of the homey details, lovably familiar characters and verve that has come to be associated with this series.'' Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- The adventures of Arthur the aardvark continue as he anticipates his birthday party. Excitement builds as he hands out invitations to his friends at school--and then he discovers that Muffy is having a party on Saturday afternoon, too. The dates can't be changed; Arthur's relatives are coming, and Muffy's booked a clown and a rock band. By the next day, the boys have decided to go to Arthur's party, the girls to Muffy's. With his usual wisdom, Arthur saves the day. He and Francine forge Muffy's handwriting on new invitations, changing the location of her party to Arthur's house (his parents are included in the plan). The unsuspecting Muffy is lured there by the promise of a present too big to fit in her mailbox. Of course, the gift is a surprise party, heartily enjoyed by both boys and girls. Brown's familiar watercolors have lots of interesting details--kites caught in trees, a male relative wearing a ``Liberated Partner'' apron. Arthur's warm, loving family and his diplomatic approach to problem solving strike just the right note--positive and believable. The ``Arthur'' stories are primary-grade favorites; children will enjoy this latest offering. Other recent birthday stories are Frank Modell's Ice Cream Soup (Greenwillow, 1988), in which another joint party turns into a surprise, and the Sick-in-Bed Birthday Book (Viking, 1988) by Linda Tyler, about a delayed celebration that turns out fine. --Lucy Young Clem, Evansville Vanderburgh County Public Library, Ind.
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Word Count: 765
Reading Level: 2.3
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.3 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 16968 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.7 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q00623
Lexile: 480L
Guided Reading Level: L
Fountas & Pinnell: L

Arthur can't wait to hand out his birthday party invitations. But it turns out Muffy is having her party on the exact same day! All of his friends are split between the two parties so Arthur and Francine hatch a clever scheme to make sure Arthur and Muffy have the best birthdays yet!

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