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Joyce Crawford
Author, Illustrator
The First Adventures of Thelma Thistle and Her Friends
In human terms, Thelma would be seven years old. In thistle terms, she is about four inches tall; an average size for a little thistle her age. She lives with her family and many, many friends and neighbors on the ditch bank of a quiet country road. In her journey of life, Thelma has many adventures and much to learn--just like you and me. In this first book, Thelma experiences love, joy, disappointment, anger, jealousy, envy, fear and sorrow. She learns that one does not need to be beautiful or dainty to be special. Thelma discovers she is special because she is strong and brave.
Reviews
Reader

I would like to speak highly of THE FIRST ADVENTURES OF THELMA THISTLE AND HER FRIENDS. This set of 4 booklets (from the 1st through the 4th Adventure) has absolutely delighted my 4 year-old grandson and have truly fascinated my 2 year-old granddaughter although I am not sure she can follow the story line, but the super clever illustrations keep her rapt attention. The author brings to life a whole "underground" wild flower and animal world and humanizes the characters she creates. 
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Even my 6- and 7-year old neighbor kids enjoyed the books although I overheard comments such as "I knew all about that" (but I noticed they continued reading all the booklets). Speaking from an adult viewpoint I am impressed that the booklets unabtrusely but effectively promote features that are so important for kids to learn - awareness and respect for family, the animal world and for nature in general. Also, as a retired editor I love the inclusion of vocabulary instruction. I have but one critical comment -- I wish the booklets were hard bound. The set I have has been well read and is now becoming rather battered from young hands.

 

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