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Three by Stephen Michael King
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Apr 13, 2021 | ISBN 9780823449231

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“That . . .  Three find[s] happiness comes as no surprise, but it warms the heart nonetheless.”—The Wall Street Journal

“King’s uncluttered and cheerful pencil and watercolor illustrations allow readers to confirm the identities of the animals under discussion. Expect lots of interaction—counting, adding, and even tracing Three’s routes on two map-like spreads—when reading this aloud. One engaging story + three legs + six legs = a perfect 10.” —The Horn Book

“what gives the story its propulsion is Three’s very doggy, glass-half-full attitude that a creature’s number of legs is simply an interesting feature (an attitude that may come more easily to a quadruped than a biped). The loose-sketch–style illustrations filled with relaxed washes of color visually underscore Three’s positive approach to life. . . . An uplifting story with amiable verve.”Kirkus Reviews

“A small, city-dwelling stray with a sunny disposition is unruffled by his missing right foreleg . . . Loose-lined mixed-media drawings by King (Wandering Star), though, offer a wealth of city stores, sidewalk scenes, and map-like streets, through which Three’s path appears as a dotted red line as he follows a shift in circumstances.” —Publishers Weekly

“The whimsy about leg numbers gives offbeat dimension to this story of a dog who finds an owner, and it also briskly frames Three’s leg count as being just one of many leg-number variants rather than a special condition. Scrawled line and watercolor art touched with pencil textures is breezy and upbeat”The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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