New! Phoebe and Digger, a very nice picture book
(for ages 3 and up)
By Tricia Springstubb
Illustrated by Jeff Newman
A guide to using Phoebe and Digger in the classroom and library.
Phoebe and Digger Read To Us Story Hour Kit PDF (2.8MB)
Available in hardcover.
Readers will cheer for sloe-eyed Phoebe as she veers from mischievous grin to slow burn and back again, just as they will covet Digger, the most expressive steam shovel since Mike Mulligan's Mary Anne. – Publishers Weekly
Newman's expressive drawings, done in a loose and economical style, serve the story well. His artwork, from the way he considers perspective to the interesting and emotionally truthful portrayals of the characters, allows readers (and parents!) to identify with this feisty yet sensitive heroine. Nuanced and humorous, this is a worthy addition to the new-sibling shelf. – Kirkus
Springstubb’s text is generously sprinkled with playful rhythms and wry, comradely drollery (“Now the baby began to wail, too. This turned out to be a secret baby signal. Soon every baby in the park was crying”)... Phoebe, a caramel-skinned little warrior with her mother’s wide eyes, moves plausibly from aggression to frustration. Girls will appreciate a book that acknowledges their appreciation of heavy machinery. – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Perfect for story hour. School Library Journal
A Parents Choice Award selection