Aldag Some Things Never Change

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Some Things Never Change

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Norman Mack, owner and operator of Mack Brothers Garage, tells a story about a timid little girl, an old blue car, and a strange, almost mystical encounter in an old-time country gas station.

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Grade 2-4-- As the owner of a garage in a remote village works at the gas pumps, a shiny old sedan occupied by an elderly man and a young girl drives up. It has a slipping fan belt. The mechanic, an older man himself, suddenly realizes that this car must be the very one his father had owned. It turns out that, yes, this is the same vehicle that the mechanic's father had sold to the present owner's father many years ago. The mechanic speculates that someday in the future this girl will return to have the car repaired by his son. This is a simple vignette, a recollection rather than a story, and while a pleasant reminiscence, it lacks any dramatic incident to make it memorable. Then, too, there is a niggling flaw in the logic. The garage owner recalls that the car ``. . . got to be so much trouble to fix that my father had to sell it.'' It seems unlikely that with such a history it would reappear in mint condition 40 or 50 years later. The accompanying oil paintings are bright and strong. Their vitality keeps readers from dozing off. --Phyllis G. Sidorsky, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

As envisioned by these collaborators, a visit to the gas station is more than a fuel stop--it's a trip down memory lane. When a shiny blue vintage car pulls into the Mack Brothers Garage, Norman Mack recognizes it as the same vehicle that his family sold years ago. By coincidence, the elderly driver once lived in Norman's sleepy hometown and recalls purchasing the car. The two men reminisce independently while Norman performs a basic repair on the automobile. Aldag's text sets a serene mood by focusing on the emotions of adult protagonists, but his story lacks action and suspense. Roth's oil paintings, rendered in cool blues, greens and grays, feature lush landscapes and nondescript human figures who lend an "Anyplace, U.S.A." flavor to the book. The artwork also skillfully captures the realistic play of light and shadow on a sunny day in the country. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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