Hello, I’m Sir Frettirick!
"Lou' Book (Hello, I'm Sir Fretterick!) brings her puppet companion Sir Fretterick (Fretti) to life in this fun picture book with a message. Fretti is an animal who is very sure of himself even though his mother is a bear and his father is a lion. As Fretti says, “I'm just different…I like being ME!” Fretti also introduces his friends, Lou, her bird Skip, and Skunkooney, who is part skunk and part raccoon. Several themes run throughout the story: the idea that families and friends are all different but that’s what makes them so special, and the importance of respecting the environment. In addition to writing and performing the story, Stratten also illustrated the book along with Sal Denaro. The illustrations add a deeper level to the enjoyment of the story by providing additional activities for listeners. For example, following a passage about Fretti’s mother (the bear), youngsters are encouraged to “Count all the b’s and the bumblebees that you see!” This package would be a solid addition to a story time or could be used as the starting point for a discussion about the importance of respecting the Earth and all who live here."
What a delightful and enjoyable book for young children! This rhythmical and heartening story brings in characters and scenes much like in an old-fashioned vaudeville scenario where one act follows another. "Sesame Street" successfully uses this format. Sir Frettirick, also called Fretti, introduces himself and acts as a master of ceremonies bringing his young readers into his World of Zandooney. In this world, which is inhabited by other friends like Skunkooney, Lou, and Skip, children soon discover that learning colors, numbers, and the alphabet is fun.
Author Lou Stratten manages to bring diverse elements into a whole with the continuity of her rhymes, musical sensibilities, and her and Sal Denaro’s playful collage illustrations. The illustrations not only give a warm and colorful feel to the book, but they also create a sense of movement and rhythm. The fonts dance as well, using different colors and sizes to emphasize each concept.
Included in the book are interactive opportunities for both dialogue and activities. There is a thorough parent/teacher guide available, which sparks more ideas and discussion. This book is a plus for teachers who are always on the lookout for fresh ways to approach a subject or unit. Parents too will welcome this book into their homes. Highly recommended for preschool and early elementary children.
What a wonderful story and message!