Aunt Agatha and Elizabeth imagine the travels of the rug on which they are sitting, from China across the sea to the west coast of the United States, and onward in a journey designed to let its carriers stop only in cities beginning with the letter "s."
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Sitting on Aunt Agatha's variegated carpet, Elizabeth and her aunt engage in what is clearly a favorite pastime: unraveling the story of how the carpet was acquired. Using an atlas for inspiration, the two take turns adding fanciful twists to the tale, which begins in Beijing, where a man named Frank--dapper in a green plaid jacket and a derby--fills his truck with 1000 magic carpets. The vehicle is placed on an aircraft carrier, which is bound for Alaska, where Frank hooks up with his old college roommate. They drive the truck eastward, stopping only in cities beginning with the letter "s," until they reach Somerville, N.J. There they open an antique store, and sell the very last of the carpets to Aunt Agatha's father. Schwartz's ( Bea and Mr. Jones ; Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner ) pictures are as filled with color and whimsy as the story Elizabeth helps to tell. Like this child, readers will want to hear it pieced together again and again--and perhaps be inspired to add their own embellishments. Ages 4-8.
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When Elizabeth asks Aunt Agatha how her pretty carpet got to her from China, where it was made, it's the beginning of a game for the two of them, providing an imaginative answer in which tall tale is creatively blended with fact. Part of the pleasure here lies in the animating friendship between aunt and niece; part lies in the specifics the two concoct to lead each other on in their collaborative story: the truck that carries the carpet is not just a ``truck'' but ``an eighteen-wheel semi'' whose driver wears ``a jade ring on the pinky of his right hand.'' Once it's in the US, they decide that the truck stops only in places that begin with ``S''--an atlas helps here, but the dozens of other amusing details are all their own invention. Schwartz catches the ebullient flavor of this spirited exchange in art that is as fresh and lighthearted as the text. Good fun; good model for more freewheeling make-believe adventures. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster (Juv), 1991. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027143406
Book Description Simon & Schuster (Juv), 1991. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110027143406
Book Description Simon & Schuster (Juv). LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0027143406 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0005690