Maggie Does Not Want to Move

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9780027688306: Maggie Does Not Want to Move

Simon expresses his own sad feelings about moving by crediting them to his toddler sister, Maggie.

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PreSchool-Grade 3 Simon, his mother, and his little sister Maggie are moving, and Simon expresses his wariness and uncertainty by projecting it all onto toddler Maggie, who has no idea what's going on. Simon doesn't want to lose his familiar playground, sympathetic teacher, or his old house. With Maggie in tow, smilingly seated in a red wagon, Simon tries running away to his friend Billy's mother, but his own mother finds them and is reassuring and understanding. The family takes a tour of the new neighborhood, and Simon discovers that he likes the country park, and especially his new teacher, Mr. Paul. Clever Mom gives Simon the option of staying in the old house, but Simon decides Maggie is ready for the move after all. Schwartz' pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations perfectly complement the deft and witty text. The prickly stucco houses and the plethora of pastel buildings evoke southern California, while stringy Simon, his equally lean mother, and rounded Maggie are refreshingly expressive. Purchasing Maggie. . .the perfect move. Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

There is much reassurance in this humorous, unforced tale. "My sister, Maggie, doesn't want to move," the young narrator, Simon, explains. The text, wisely, never spells out that it is Simon, not Maggie, who is apprehensive. But Simon soon finds things to like about their new home. Maggie, he decides, will be happy here after all. Told with a fresh approach, this ably makes the point that change isn't all bad, and that new things come along in place of the old. The first-person narrative captures Simon's fears and his reluctance to admit to them without a shred of sentimentality. Schwartz's expressive, richly textured illustrations take up where the text leaves off, showing Maggie's blithe unconcern while Simon protests on her behalf. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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