Sylvia Jean, Scout Supreme by Lisa Campbell Ernst
This is the second book about the irrepressible Sylvia Jean. In this book, Sylvia Jean’s Pig Scout troop is working on getting their Good-Dead Badge. Each of them has to select one a good deed to do. Sylvia Jean realizes that she can help her neighbor Mrs. VanHooven who twisted her ankle and can’t walk. Sylvia Jean gathers everything she is going to need to help Mrs. VanHooven and arrives on her doorstep merrily blowing her tuba in case Mrs. VanHooven has difficulty hearing. Sylvia Jean arrives with too much energy and ends up tripping and falling on top of Mrs. VanHooven. The doctor then insists that Sylvia Jean not visit any more to let her have rest. But Sylvia Jean is not that easily turned away. She comes up with a clever solution that allows her to keep helping her neighbor without her neighbor knowing. But what happens when she has to turn in her information for her badge and no one knows how helpful she has been?
Ernst has poured so much energy and creativity into this young pig that she is more than a breath of fresh air. She is a gale. Sylvia Jean is a great character who young readers will enjoy spending time with. Ernst’s writing and illustrations are filled with plenty of humor and the book moves along at a brisk pace. The story is interesting and has more depth than many picture books. There is more text here than in some picture books. It reads aloud very easily and the details add to the story and the fun. Ernst’s illustrations are done in warm colors and gently waving lines. They are equal in humor and energy to the story itself.
Recommended as a read aloud, this book will be enjoyed by a wide range of ages and children. Appropriate for ages 4-8.
Reviewed from copy received from Penguin Books.