Fred and Tedbeloved stars of P.D. Eastman's Big Dog . . . Little Dog and son Peter Eastman's Fred and Ted Go Camping—fly off on an island vacation in this simplified version of the Beginner Book Fred and Ted Like to Fly. Perfect for babies (and parents) who love dogs, planes, and/or tropical idylls, this charming introduction to opposites is also a perfect introduction to Fred and Ted!
Eastman's second beginning reader based on characters created by his father, P.D. Eastman, is as successful as the early works. The language is mildly challenging and gratifying, its lilt musical yet never sing-songy. The text easily probes parallels and opposites. When it's silly-Fred lands his plane in a palm tree, for instance-it is an enjoyable brand of silliness, rather than inanity. The characters are drawn right to the edge of sweetness but stop before they become icky. Then again, the architecture of the book is now so sound, the seams of its intentions so tight, that little oxygen makes it into the proceedings. There's fun in these pages, but it is closely monitored. And while the book positively radiates its encouragement to read, some kids-maybe those who need encouragement most-are sure to smell a rat, albeit a clean, dapper, well-behaved rat. (Early reader. 5-8)