Children Rush The SELTZER MAN

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The SELTZER MAN

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After forty years on the job, Eli, the seltzer man, must retire, but before he does, he takes Beth and her big sister for an exciting ride along his seltzer delivery route.

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A delivery man sees his job in a new light when he takes two young helpers along on his route. After "schlepping seltzer" throughout Brooklyn for 40 years, Eli feels ready to retire--"My truck's worn out, and folks don't want to fuss with my old bottles and crates anymore." But Beth and her sister are fascinated by his work, and jump at Eli's suggestion that they accompany him on his rounds. The final stop on a busy delivery day is Coney Island, for "lunch on the boardwalk" and a ride on the Wonder Wheel. The girls' wide-eyed enthusiasm convinces Eli that he's not quite prepared to park his truck for good. Rush's follow-up to Some Things Never Change , though set in a contemporary period, again harkens to days gone by, melding past and present into a quiet, though accessible package. Thickly applied oil paint provides enough specific touches to suggest a time and place, while some indiscernible facial features and building fronts evoke a universal feeling. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 2-- An elderly man, Eli says, " 'Forty years I've been schlepping cases of seltzer,' " and decides that he is too " 'old and worn-out' " to continue deliveries in this Brooklyn neighborhood. He invites two young friends, neighborhood girls, to accompany him on his last run, ending the day with a stop at Coney Island. By the time Eli drops them home again, he's changed his mind: " 'Well, maybe I got a couple more trips in me yet.' " Told in the first-person present tense by the older of the two sisters, the refreshing story is full of local color and well-chosen details. And the oil paintings, carefully and expertly lit and composed, show a love of place and people that shines through on every page. The Seltzer Man may have limited appeal, but with the right introduction, this book might get the attention it deserves. --Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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