Woodchucks Fred and Phoebe are newlyweds just settling into their cozy burrow. One morning they are rudely awakened by a filthy, screaming creature at their doorstep, and things will never be the same. Phoebe, a kind-hearted soul, insists on taking in the dreadful human toddler, and names it Margaret, after her mother. Margaret wreaks all kinds of havoc. She throws food, breaks furniture, and has a definite mean streak. And she is literally eating them out of house and home! Find out how Fred and Phoebe solve the problem with a little help from their friends. Warm and wonderful lessons couched in a charming and humorous story have made Tor Seidler's novel for children a favorite of critics everywhere. Mean Margaret was named one of the Best Books of '97 by both School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
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by Kalli Dakos
by Gary Paulsen
by Cynthia Voigt
by S.E. Hinton
"Fred is a woodchuck who likes life clean, orderly, and quiet. When he finally finds his mate, Phoebe, he envisions the continuation of his peaceful lifestyle. But when Phoebe adopts an abandoned human child, everything, and everybody, changes. Jeff Woodman narrates this lively tale with a steadily building pace, as the animals get more and more frustrated with Margaret. His characterizations distinguish each individual: rigid, orderly Fred; kind-hearted, loving Phoebe; easy-going and fun-loving Babette; the squirrel who is content at finally having his ready-made family; and, of course, loud, selfish, impatient, mean Margaret. Woodman expertly portrays the characters and depicts this family's life, as well as the values of love and kindness that lead to changes in everyone--human and animal. W.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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