262nd out of 349 books — 382 voters
Who Really Killed Cock Robin?
Cock Robin's death can't be ignored by the town of Saddleboro, because it means that something is drastically wrong with the town's ecology. Tony Isidoro threads his way through a maze of clues: Among other things, the town park is overrun with trillions of ants; nights are quiet because there are no frogs singing; the nearby river contains a dangerous amount of an unknown...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 13th 1992 by HarperCollins
(first published 1971)
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Excellent little mystery, with clues, red herrings, and a bunch of suspects. I liked the blustering, well-meaning mayor, who was making political capital out of the pair of robins who had nested in his hat; the earnest Tony, who makes careful observations and doesn't jump to conclusions; and the feisty daughter of the local industrialist, convinced of her father's innocence in the matter. I liked the town too, so proud of its environmental initiatives. And the message of the book - that all natu...more
Mar 26, 2008 Cynthia rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: mystery lover
My response to this novel is that, Tony the protagonist of this novel was trying to find the source of poison that killed the cock robin. He discovered that many people dumped toxic waste into the water or even spray or burn certain things that releases harmful chemicals into the air and into the water as well. However, Tony began to analyze what caused the death of the Cock Robin and the mother and one baby. However, lab test shows that chemicalls were discovered in the robins.
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I love her books, but I think her eco-mysteries are going to be the most sought-after ones for our kids. There is a mystery to solve, lots of red herrings, plus this one connects right to living in suburbia. Lots to learn about environmental impacts of our daily decisions in this one.
This eco-mystery was very interesting and it has a sound plot and I enjoyed reading it. However, it would be for a specialized reader who is a strong reader and has an interest in ecology and the health of the environment. The biological descriptions and explanations may inhibit lower readers.
I read this book in 5th grade English class, and while I enjoyed it, I was never ahead of the protagonist enough to guess what the culprit was. The plot is tied to environmental issues and tries to teach kids the importance of taking care of nature.
Jean Craighead George wrote over eighty popular books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor book My Side of the Mountain. Most of her books deal with topics related to the environment and the natural world. While she mostly wrote children's fiction, she also wrote at least two guides to cooking with wild foods, and an autobiography, Journey...moreMore about Jean Craighead George...