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Cork and Fuzz Hardcover – Mar 8 2005


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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Cork and Fuzz, a muskrat and a possum, meet and discover that they have nothing in common. One eats beetles and the other eats "veggie stuff"; one loves the water and the other can't float. They are both bored, however, and each is looking for a friend. Their attempts to find a shared activity are gently comical and ultimately successful. Young readers will empathize with the challenge of making friends with someone who has different tastes and interests. The story's repeated words and entire sentences will help beginning readers feel successful. McCue's endearing drawings add personality and humor to the animals' faces. An excellent addition to easy-reader collections.–Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA
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About the Author

Dori Chaconas was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1938. The second child in a family of seven, Dori fell into the role of storyteller, nursery rhyme singer, and general entertainer for her siblings. She claims she learned about story pacing early. If the story action lagged, her fidgety audience would either scatter or start a poking war.

She has been married to Nick, her high school sweetheart, for 44 years. Everyone says the romance will last. They raised four daughters, and are now enjoying three grandsons—especially Grandpa, having been outnumbered by women all those years.

When their daughters were young, Dori wrote for them. She published three picture books and more than fifty stories in children's magazines. In the 70's, her interest turned to yarn embroidery design and she sold designs to major needlework companies and national magazines.

In 1997, Dori started writing stories again, partly to keep her grandsons from fidgeting or starting poking wars. Her stories reflect the warmth of family life. Dori gives credit to her parents for giving her a strong sense of family, and to her children and grandchildren for keeping it alive.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A new pair of buddies for beginning readers July 20 2005
By Corinne H. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great new duo! This four-chapter book introduces kids to Cork (a muskrat) and Fuzz (an opossum). As with any new friends who have just met, the two begin to learn things about each other -- what they like to eat, and whether or not they like to be in water. Once they've compared a few differences, it's time for fun. Should they play hide-and-seek or find-and-eat? How about pin-the-tail-on-the-turtle? And just what is Fuzz hiding under the pointed leaf? Before the book is over, they discover that they have at least one common interest. That's all their friendship needs to keep it going.

Lisa McCue's illustrations are wonderful and perfectly fit the playful mood of the storyline. Her depictions are reminiscent of the classics done by Garth Williams, as two-dimensional animal fur looks soft enough to touch. And author Dori Chaconas has thoughtfully chosen two main character critters that many people cannot tell apart. Therein lies the teachable moment.

Here's hoping for much success as this episode launches a new series. Cork and Fuzz deserve to share many future adventures together!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Funny Furries Make Fabulous Friends! Aug. 1 2006
By Children's Book Collector - Published on Amazon.com
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I am IN LOVE with Cork & Fuzz. This easy reader series is a favorite in our household. Cleverly written and endearingly illustrated, this pair is destined to take their place among other easy reader favorites. Look out Frog & Toad!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Adorable Aug. 1 2006
By Alex Flinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Cork and Fuzz is a great book for beginning readers. It creates two memorable characters, and subtly teaches about appreciating friends for their differences. My daughter, Meredith, loved it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Delightful books for new readers! Aug. 2 2006
By Andrea Beaty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was so excited to discover this delightful series for new readers. So often, books for kids who are starting to read on their own are dull as dishwater. Not CORK AND FUZZ!

Dori Chaconas brings gentle humor and sparkle to these books as she does her picture books (ON A WINTRY MORNING, WHEN COWS COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, ONE LITTLE MOUSE, and MOMMA?).

Beautiful. I will certainly be recommending CORK AND FUZZ to my nephew and other kids I know who are starting reading adventures of their own.
Great characters and engaging story for beginner readers June 22 2009
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My 4.5-year-old is beginning to read and though this book is still above her reading level, we were both drawn to the adorable characters and engaging storyline. Cork is a rather wise little muskrat who befriends a precocious possum named Fuzz. Both friends get to know each other in this book which consists of four chapters and along the way, discover that they do share certain things in common. The stories are engaging and the full-color illustrations perfectly capture the two critters' antics. Highly recommended for beginner readers!


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