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Book Bites for Kids-Charlotte Bucher, Cecil Learns To Smile

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Host Suzanne Lieurance talks with children's book author Charlotte Bucher about her new book, Cecil Learns To Smile.Description-This endearing story is about a small frog who is being teased and taunted for being different, in Cecil's case, for being so small. His mother attempts to hide him away to end the teasing. At the top of his tall tree in the middle of the rain forest, Cecil grows very lonesome. There is no one to play with or to visit. One day a TV cameraman strolls into the forest and starts talking with Cecil. Cecil tells him that he is very lonesome. He even sheds a small tear. The cameraman says "Let me take your picture with my camera. I can show it all over the world, for I am a TV cameraman. Perhaps some of your brothers, sisters. and cousins will come to visit you." The little frog croaked "okey dokey." Then the cameraman begins the process of teaching Cecil how to smile and telling him why SMILING IS IMPORTANT. THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE BEAUTIFULLY RENDERED IN WATERCOLOR AND ARE A MAJOR REASON FOR THE BOOK'S APPEAL.

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