This sequel to Who Stole the Gold? is another picture book whodunit. This time, Ferret's luscious raspberries are missing. Mouse is sure he knows just who the culprit is; Raven stole Hamster's gold, so she must be guilty. But Raven vehemently denies it and sets about unmasking the real thieves--a colony of ants who carried off the delicious berries. All ends happily, with everyone feasting on raspberries thanks to Ferret's generosity, having learned about the dangers of jumping to conclusions.
PreSchool-Grade 3-Raven, who confessed to thievery in Who Stole the Gold? (North-South, 2000), stands accused of taking Ferret's raspberry pile and eating it. The case seems sealed when Mouse discovers a berry beneath Raven's tree. But Raven's hurt feelings and protests lead all of the animals to look once more for evidence and, sure enough, an ant procession is carrying the berries off. When they confront the queen of the colony, she says that her ants are not thieves but are merely cleaning up the forest. She agrees to give back the fruit and all enjoy a great feast. Less didactic than its predecessor, this story points out how circumstantial evidence and a prior "conviction" can sway otherwise reasonable friends to make false assumptions. Gukova's paintings depict the animals in fuzzy, fluffy shapes while a series of changing perspectives on the action lends visual interest to the story.
Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
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About the Author
UDO WEIGELT has been writing for children since 1989. He has published many books with North-South.
NINA SPRANGER has been illustrating books since 1999. Her first U.S. book was published by North-South.
Philip Coristine is a storyteller and ESL teacher who lives with his wife and a collection of dolls in Japan.
Julia Gukova is an award-winning artist with 36 titles to her name. She has traveled to India and Europe, and lives with her young son in Moscow, Russia.
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Ages 6-8. When Ferret's laboriously harvested raspberries vanish, Mouse knows just whom to accuse: Raven, the confessed thief of Weigelt's Who Stole the Gold? (2000). Though Raven protests her innocence, a (seemingly) telltale berry found beneath her perch leads to a forest tribunal and Raven, in tears, vowing to "go and live in a different forest where the animals are kind and trust me." When more evidence reveals that ants are the real culprits, Raven leads her remorseful judges to the anthill, negotiates the return of the raspberries, and invites everyone to dig in. Giving her fuzzy creatures human expressions and theatrically exaggerated poses, Gukova adds flair to this mildly purposeful discussion starter on the danger of jumping to conclusions. John Peters
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