Each free-verse poem gently reveals the personalities, connections, and insecurities of the students and their teacher, Miss D. Cheng's remarkably emotional accompanying woodcuts, coupled with white space, give readers ample time to slow down and think. Written with early readers in mind, this oversimplified version of the classic Andersen fairy tale features short, repetitive sentence patterns, which may ease comprehension but often flow awkwardly. Uncle Pirate, along with his talking penguin, Captain Jack, employs pirate logic to fix Wilson's woes at school and save the family from financial ruin. To raise money for endangered tigers, the Chinese government lends the National Zoo a valuable jewel.
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