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Finding Fuzzy: a You-Decide Tale of a Lost Friend

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Blue sky...
Warm sea...
Sugar-sand beach...
A perfect family vacation?

In the midst of the fun, Jenna loses Fuzzy, her blue plush rabbit BFF, and faces a difficult decision. Can she let go and say good-bye to an old friend?

Even Cat doesn't know how this YOU-DECIDE story ends. Readers help Jenna make her choice by creating their own ending to this tale. Don't worry. Cat sh
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Paperback, 44 pages
Published March 26th 2014 by 2101 Ink
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Cat Michaels Thanks for asking, Carmela,

There are two reasons I went with a You-Decide tale:
First, I didn't want to dictate a specific way to resolve the protagni…more
Thanks for asking, Carmela,

There are two reasons I went with a You-Decide tale:
First, I didn't want to dictate a specific way to resolve the protagnist's dilemma, so I thought it would be interesting to have kids come up with their own solution. As long as it's polite and respectful, there's no wrong decision. And they write or draw some amazing endings that I never considered!

Second, I want to encourage kids to use their imagination and creativity, plus sharpen their problem-solving skills...all while having fun with reading. It's been a joy for me to see the reactions when children learn they will become junior authors or illustrators and decide the ending!(less)
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Renee
Children get to write their own ending in this sweet early chapter book

To see how how my 7 year-old son and 11 year-old daughter finish the story, come visit us at Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

I was very excited when I was asked to review this book because I love the concept of “interactive” books. We have reviewed When Sam Set Sail by LeAnn Beck which allowed for children to illustrate the story themselves and we frequently borrow the Choose-Your-Ending stories from the library. I tink that th
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Karen Hall
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We've all done it as children. We probably have children who do it right now. There's always a favourite cuddly toy that absolutely has to go everywhere and experience everything that the owner does, and for Jenna that cuddly is Fuzzy the rabbit. It's a lovely basis for a story, and young readers will have great fun saying 'I do that!', no doubt sitting with their own number one toy. We've also all experienced the parent that says it might be best to leave the cuddly at home, and the insistence ...more
Nikki Bennett
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A couple of special things about this book: the beautiful illustrations and the "You Decide" ending. The ending is set up for kids to think of what they would do if they were the main character (Jenna.) This is an interesting approach.

The story is sweet, and suitable for all children. The book is set up to get kids to think and discuss what they would do in a certain situation--in this case, giving up a precious friend (the stuffed bunny.) I could see using this in either a classroom setting or
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Kristi Bernard
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Going to the beach can be very exciting for a young kid and their family. And don't forget, kids always like to take some of their favorite things. Jenna remembered to take her back pack and her favorite blue bunny named Fuzzy. Once on the beach, families explore and settle into their new surroundings. But what happens when that favorite item is lost? What emotional roller coaster does a child go through when they aren't able to find their best friend?

Fuzzy was Jenna's best friend. She would snu
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Storytime Books
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I honestly was impressed with this book more than I thought I would be. The whole twist of letting the reader decide what happens to the story was a nice little twist that was put in there. It gives the reader a chance to write their own ending, and it helps children with their creativity, writing and thinking skills. Another neat feature with this book is that within it is a reading assistant’s guide. This helps if the child is not reading the book alone, and is reading with a teacher/parent/re ...more
Cat Michaels
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I’m excited to introduce you to my second illustrated chapter book for young readers, Finding Fuzzy: a You-Decide Tale of a Lost Friend. Set on North Carolina's Crystal Coast, this book for grades K-3 is based on family beach trips with my 10 young nieces and nephews, where we stayed in a real cozy yellow cottage.

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During the perfect family beach vacation, Jenna loses Fuzzy, her plush blue bunny, and faces the toughest decision of her young life. Can she let go and say good-bye to an
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Kaleena Rheeya
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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When I received this book, I was thinking it would be more of a "choose your own adventure" story. In actuality, it is a linear story where the reader gets to choose the ending. The story was very cute and I really like the concept of letting young readers decide how to end the story. It teaches both life and writing skills. I would recommend this book to other parents interested in letting their children practice their writing and creative skills.

*Book obtained through Goodreads First Reads pr
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Susanne Powell
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Finding Fuzzy" is a delightfully illustrated book that your kids can really get involved with by deciding the ending! The book is designed to get kids thinking about decisions and consequences, by using critical thinking skills and working through dilemmas. Gorgeously illustrated with watery colours that evoke long days at the beach, the book is an easy reader for children starting out, or as a relaxing, gentle bedtime read. Lovely! Not to be missed.
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CAT MICHAELS is a writer, blogger and digital dabbler who started writing stories in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since.

She spins tales of everyday life, with a twist of magic or mayhem, that open young minds to new ways of looking at the world. With more than two decades helping students from kindergarten to college overcome the challenges of learning disabilities and Asperger’s syndrome, her
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