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Interwoven with information and engaging text, this delightful book is enlivening with fascinating characters, bouncy rhyming couplets, an eye-catching jacket, and enchanting artwork by Michael Graham.

-RR Bowker's BookWire Review


Professional Book Reviews


Beautifully illustrated with vibrant colors, "Peeper the Kinkajou" is a feast for the eyes that is sure to keep the attention of young children. With rhyming sentence patterns it tells the story of Kinkajou and his friends. Part of a series, this book introduces him, the anteater, sloth, jaguar, marmoset, and anaconda. For each of them the story line teaches something about their natural habits. "Peeper the Kinkajou" is sure to be one of those books children want to hear again and again and is highly recommended.

- Harold Mcfarland (Midwest Book Review)
- Amazon.com Top 100 Book Reviewer



As the sun sets, Peeper heads out to visit wit his other nocturnal friends in the rainforest. Tonight he wants to find something different to do. After two readings, this book was part of our preschooler's daily 'must-haves' at nap time, and often in the evening. Months later, we still get requests to read it. The story moves fast and is packed with lots of tidbits about the animals' behaviors. It's initial attractiveness was likely due in part to Zaboomafu, which is wildly popular in our house, but we are still sharing this one, nearly a year later!

- ReadingTub Reviews



Computer designed by Ivan Ivanov and featuring lively, colorful illustrations by A&O Ivanov, Boomer To The Rescue by Peter Parente is the story a lavender skunk who is nervous about his first day of school because he is so different. The other children tease him because he has a different smell! But when a grizzly bear corners the other children and threatens to eat them, Boomer uses his gift to turn the tide and save the day. Created to help children relate to everyday situations and understand that being different can be something to be proud of, Boomer To The Rescue combines an involving story with brightly-colored illustrations. A final page offers suggestions for protecting and rescuing America's endangered forests in this enthusiastically recommended storybook.

- Harold Mcfarland (Midwest Book Review)
- Amazon.com Top 100 Book Reviewer



Boomer, a lavender skunk, is worried about the first day of school. His worst fears come true when the school bully says he's not allowed to play with them. When Boomer gets the chance to show his special qualities, others stop and take notice. This is a story that reminds kids (and their parent readers) about the pitfall of judging others. Our preschoolerloved it right away, especially Boomer's lavender coloring. We were asked to read this one several times in a row, for several days running. This is a sweet story. Predictable, but cute. The author creates a great way for parents to talk with their kids about their fears, which likely mirror Boomer's: first day of/new school, being made fun of, feeling left out.

- ReadingTub Reviews



Peter Parente works with exotic animals and his work is his inspiration for Boomer to the Rescue.

He utilizes stores of animals to teach children valuable lessons. He has a two-toed sloth as a pet and the story of Boomer is actually based on a loveable lavender skunk.

Not all skunks are black and white; they also come in shades of brown, gray and blond. They can also have spots and swirls mixed in with stripes.

The art is adorable and children will enjoy the appearance of Roger the mouse, the animals in the forest school and will probably be able to relate to the bully squirrel.

When Boomer is ostracized, he runs away and cries. Then, suddenly a huge grizzly bear arrives and decides the squirrel would make a great appetizer. Boomer uses his God-given talents to dissuade the bear and gains the respect of all the forest animals.

Sure to make kids giggle and learn something about the advantages of having unique talents.

- Rebecca Book Review



This is a story of Boomer, a lavender skunk who goes to school for the first time and is riduculed by Frankie the squirrel because of his color and odor. He is defended by his friend, Roger the mouse, who says different isn't a bad thing, but Boomer's heart is broken and he runs off into the woods. Roger tries to comfort him, but to no avail. Then they hear screams coming from the school where a large bear is about to eat the school smart aleck.

Boomer warns the bear to let go of his classmate and when he doesn't, the little skunk lets him have it. The bear runs off and Boomer's classmates cheer him and accept him. The lesson is clear, don't judge someone by how they look. This is a good book for children to read, particularly if they are "different." I particularly liked it because I had Samuel LePeuw, a pet mutant skunk who was almost a lavender color. They act just like the book says and will turn their back on you, hit the ground with their front feet and spray you. Luckily my Samuel was deodorized before I got him.

J T Cooper "book review editor"


 

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May 16, 2004

 

Dear Pete,

I wanted to thank you for your wonderful presentations with our Jerry Thomas Elementary students. We all enjoyed hearing you read your book, Peeper the Kinkajou.  Your book was not only entertaining; it was very educational as well.  The story itself was fabulous, but what put your presentation in a class of it's own was the fact that you brought the actual animals that were the characters in the book!  I will never forget the looks of amazement on the children's faces when you brought Peeper out to show them.  After seeing Maggie, the two-toed sloth moving around, the children truly understood how slowly a sloth actually moves.  The students are still talking about the animals and how much they enjoyed your visit!  I wanted to let you know that the students at Jerry Thomas are planning to collect money to adopt a sloth.  You should be pleased that you made such a positive impression on the children!  Thanks again for the wonderful presentation.  We are looking forward to having you come to our school again when your next book is published!

Sincerely,

 

Ruth Herr
Media Specialist
Jerry Thomas Elementary School 


May 2004

Dear Peter (Peeper and Maggie too!),

Thank you so much for your visit to our school, Plantation Key School.  We truly enjoyed hearing your story, Peeper the Kinkajou.  We also loved meeting Peeper, your real live kinkajou, and Maggie, your beautiful sloth.  We learned so much about these animals, as well as the rainforest in general.  Your visit provided us with the opportunity to meet a real live author in person and a chance to purchase your book and have you personally sign it.

Your entire presentation was both educational and entertaining.  The animals were amazing and your rapport with children was exceptional.  Your visit helped show children that authors are real people.  You helped motivate our students to seek out more information about the rainforest and inspired them to write.  One of our first grade classes even put on a rainforest play and sold cookies to make money to help save the rainforest.   

Here are some of the things our students had to say about your visit: 
“When I grow up I will try to save these rainforest animals that you showed us.”
“I bought your book because I love it and my brothers and sisters love your book too!”
 “Meeting real live rainforest animals was really cool.”
“I loved reading your book so much that I have read it 10 times already.”
“I can’t wait to find out what Peeper does when he goes to Florida in your next book.”

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with our school.  We hope to have you all come and visit us again next year.

Sincerely,
The First Grade Classes
of Plantation Key School


                              June 11, 2004

Dear Peter,

Thank you for your wonderful presentation and sharing your book, Peeper The Kinkajou, with the students at West End Elementary.   You captured their attention throughout the whole presentation.  The children enjoyed your book and the live kinkajou and sloth. The excitement in the children’s faces as you showed them Peeper and Maggie was priceless! It was an experience that many of them will remember forever.
During your presentation you told the students that many sloths are being injured when people cut down areas of the rain forest. After hearing your story, the students were inspired to use money that they had collected throughout the year to adopt a sloth at the Aviarios Sloth Rescue Center in Costa Rica. Your presentation made the students realize the importance of helping to save the rain forest and the many animals that live there.  It has been a few months since your visit, but the students are still asking about Peeper the kinkajou and Maggie the sloth. I have also had numerous parents tell me that their child came home and told them about the author and live animals that they met.  I have attached some pictures from your visit.  Thank you again for visiting our school.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Annmarie Roth
Science Teacher-West End Elementary


 

 

 

 
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