Sara Springborn and Mr Wollo Bushtail
William Crow Johnson
In the forest Wollo Bushtail
has come to the end of his days and in the tradition of his people
has called together a concave of forest dwellers to discuss the
matter. Following the chat Wollo will go stand on the street
where he will meet his fate. Those who come to listen to Wollo's
final speech include Snavely Silver Tongue, Fang, Largo Jone
and Wollo's other life long companions.
As with many human designs Wollo's
expected demise does not come about as planned. Before long
the Bushtail finds himself caught up in the midst of a devious
scheme involving his new found friend Sara, the Addicto Chip
Conspiracy and Huge Mart. The pair meet the president following
a trip to Washington DC aboard the presidential helicopter and
all is settled to the satisfaction of most.
This highly entertaining work
presented by writer Johnson should have great appeal to youngsters
in the middle grades and junior high school age group. "Sara
Springborn and Mr Wollo Bushtail" is a highly readable narrative
filled with a great many fascinating characters, well thought
out plot and predicament to be resolved.
That writer Johnson understands
kids of his target age is apparent in his delightful names for
critters and human characters. Johnson's choice of appellations
are sure to tickle the funny bone of young readers. He presents
a bit of thinking and moral dilemma couched in a highly enjoyable
manner in this excellently crafted work.
"Sara Springborn and Mr
Wollo Bushtail" draws the reader into the tale from the
opening line and keeps the attention focused with skillful dialogue,
situation and just plain fun. Action moves in rapid fashion
as Sara and Wollo work to solve the puzzle of the conspiracy.
This book reminds me very much of the 1979 Wyeth book, 'The
Stray.' The story is not the same, the quality and enjoyment
is. My then eight year old read 'The Stray' and it was long
his favorite book.
When I received "Sara Springborn
and Mr Wollo Bushtail" to read for review I asked my now
thirty year old son to also read the book. His feeling is as
mine: "Sara Springborn and Mr Wollo Bushtail" has captured
that wonderful quality we found in the Wyeth book. Perhaps twenty
two years from now "Sara Springborn and Mr Wollo Bushtail"
will also appear as a fond memory in another review. I am delighted
to recommend "Sara Springborn and Mr Wollo Bushtail".