Kathy Caple Author and Illustrator

Picturebook/Easy Readers
During a visit to the zoo, Pop and Sam grow tired but while they are napping not only does the zoo close for the day but the animals come out to play -- with Pop's cell phone.
Duck and Rat's bookstore is busy as Christmas approaches and everyone buys gifts and celebrates.
Easy Readers
Duck and Rat work hard helping their customers at Duck & Company Bookstore.
Blanche and Otis are sheep who enjoy each other's friendship from autumn through spring.
Picture Books
Having the biggest nose school is no joke, especially when everyone wants to measure it.
Worm tries to earn money in order to buy a paint set that will help him enter an art contest.
On the wintry day when her drama club has a mishap on the way to see a play in the city, Hillary is glad she has bundled up her warmest snow gear.
Hillary lets her true self shine in an audition.
After spending her money on a purse, Katie is now faced with the problem of getting some money to put into it.
Arnold and his sister Rose give two bullying classmates a taste of their own medicine when Arnold decides he doesn't have to be a wimp anymore.
When Hank and Zoey's sister Dory kick them out of their wading pool on a hot summer day, two boys find a way to get even.
Brand New Readers
Whether writing, measuring, tap-dancing, or canoeing, favorite character Termite finds new ways to get into trouble!
Four little stories about Termite and his pal Ostrich.
There's a lot more to this Worm than meets the eye, in these four tiny episodes.
This is no ordinary Worm! His limitations never stop him.

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The Friendship Tree

The Friendship Tree reviews and excerpts:

Intended for beginning readers, these four stories span three seasons, feature two sheep, and illuminate one great friendship. Blanche and Otis are friends. In the fall they rake leaves (one of Blanche's favorite pastimes) from under Otis's shade tree. Later, they weather a particularly nasty storm, only to discover that the tree fell down during the night.

"My tree: said Otis softly .... 'Things will never be the same,' he said .... Blanche squeezed Otis's hoof. There was nothing more to say."

At Christmas, Blanche gives Otis a baby pine tree and presents him with a pair of lawn chairs she has made from his old tree. In the spring the two friends plant the pine tree, sit in the chairs, and enjoy watching birds nest. Caple's soft illustrations depict the changing seasons and emphasize the quiet mood of the episodic plot. Blanche and Otis serve as human stand-ins; they walk on two spindly legs and go about their business purposefully and seriously. Multiple frames not only break up large chunks of text and mirror the action but also give additional clues to the passing of time, helping novice readers sequence the plot. The stories conclude: "Everything was just right." And so is this small book.
Horn Book Magazine

The stories are filled with nice surprises and expressions of loving friendship reminiscent of James Marshall's "George and Martha" (Houghton) or Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad."
School Library Journal

Whisper-soft words and pictures say a lot about kindness in this unassuming beginning reader... Children will appreciate how the friends' stated concern for trees mirrors their unspoken affection
for each other.
Publishers Weekly

" ...this volume may be useful in libraries where primary-grade tree units send librarians scrambling to find appropriate stories as well as science books."
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An American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists
THE FRIENDSHIP TREE, Holiday House, 2000
ISN 9780823413768