Ackamarackus by Julius Lester

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A bee who falls head-over-heels in love with a bluebird? An eagle who is afraid of heights? An alligator in search of cooler waters in Vermont? Readers of all ages will laugh at these irresistible creatures and their gleefully absurd predicaments, all the while unwittingly gathering wisdom about acceptance, ingenuity, and individuality. Julius Lester¹s read-aloud text brims with alliteration and clever wordplay, and Emilie Chollat¹s charming, quirky illustrations make for a sparkling debut of a vibrant artistic talent.
 

About Julius Lester

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Writer, professor, and photographer Julius Lester was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 27, 1939. He received a B.A. in English from Fisk University in 1960. Lester's photographs from the civil rights movement era have been exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution and are part of Howard University's permanent collection. In addition to having hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City, Lester has also recorded two albums. Lester has published 25 children's books, as well as numerous works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for adults. Translated into eight languages, his books have won the Newbery Honor Medal, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Many of his titles have also been on the New York Times Outstanding Book list and the American Library Association's Notable Book list. Lester has written hundreds of reviews and essays for publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. After teaching for two years at the New School for Social Research in New York, Lester joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts in 1971. He is an award-winning professor in the Judaic and Near Eastern Studies Department and an adjunct professor of History. He has given lectures at over 100 colleges and universities. Lester has five children and lives with his wife and cat in a small Western Massachusetts town. Emilie Chollat is a published author and an illustrator of children's books. Some of her?works include "Where Does It Come From? (Explore Your World)", " Rain Dance", " and Hey, Mama Goose
 
Published January 1, 2001 by Scholastic. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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So Bernard buzzed his buzz a couple of times and was happy to see that his buzz was as buzzy as it always was"—and he closes each tale with a double moral: "1.

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The author introduces some cockeyed characters, among them a bee who falls in love with a balalaika-playing girl bee and learns to play the bongos after he loses his buzz ("A bee without a buzz would be a used-to-be bee who was now a been"), a lion whose wives find a way to cash in on his lazines...

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And, as is usually the case with fables, these silly stories have silly morals to go along with them, too.Reviewed by Shannon Maughan on March 1, 2001 Ackamarackus: Julius Lester's Sumptuously Silly Fantastically Funny Fableswritten by Julius Lester, illustrated by Emilie Chollat Vi...

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