The Clever Stick by John Lechner

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The stick has always been clever: it solves difficult problems, enjoys poetry, and ponders the music of birds and the beauty of a rose. The one thing it can’t do is speak. And because of this, no one can see that the stick is clever; all they can see is a stick. John Lechner, the creator of A Froggy Fable, follows the most unlikely of heroes on a journey of self-discovery, arriving at a place that will surprise and enchant readers everywhere.

About John Lechner

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John Lechner is an artist, animator, multimedia designer, and puppeteer, and the author-llustrator of the picture book A FROGGY FABLE and the graphic storybook STICKY BURR: ADVENTURES IN BURRWOOD FOREST. He lives in Needham, Massachusetts.
Published July 28, 2009 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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The titular stick is clever because “ever since he had fallen off the tree, he had been sharp.” He thinks things up (like the Pythagorean Theorem), but because he has no voice he cannot share his thoughts.

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The unlikely hero—a sharp, wooden stick—of Lechner's (Sticky Burr ) fable about expressing oneself has an extraordinary mind (a watercolor spot shows a thought balloon above the stick that reads “a2+b2=c2”).

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Summary: Kids will get the slightly surreal idea of a stick that has wonderful ideas but has no way of expressing them.

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