It's a sunny morning, and Jack knows the perfect spot to take Mama for a picnic -- the park, of course!
But things don't work out as Jack planned! There are lots of lively surprises before he and Mama find their picnic spot -- one as unexpected and familiar as it is perfect. The friendly, funny story of their day unfolds in breezy, energetic pictures filled with
frisky dogs, and
When mishaps happen, children will especially enjoy the refrain "who knows why" because they'll know why! And they'll welcome the biggest and best surprise that's been saved for last.
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Diane Goode was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has a BA in fine arts from Queens College. Her distinguished list of picture books begins with the Caldecott Honor winner When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. She lives and works in Watchung, New Jersey, with her husband, David, and their two dogs, Jack and Daisy.From School Library Journal:
Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1 Jack invites his mother on a picnic, but the outing appears doomed from the start. The boy's first choice for the lunch in Prospect Park is a boat, but something frightens a flock of ducks, which in turn startles Mama and Jack, causing them both to fall in the lake. A picnic on the grass while their clothing dries turns into a disastrous affair when something spooks several horses, and they toss up mud in their haste to run away. Undaunted, the mother and son make other attempts to lunch only to face one mishap after another. When rain drives them indoors, they finally find the perfect spot for their picnic. They also discover that a small brown-and-white dog has followed them home; they take him in and name him (what else?) Spot. Suddenly, who knows why, is the story's refrain, which will guarantee audience participation. Mama and Jack remain clueless as to the cause of the day's constant disruptions while readers will clearly see that the pooch has been the source of the chaos. Watercolor illustrations depict an affable multihued cast of characters and a warm parent/child relationship while exuding a pleasant, old-fashioned flavor. A delightful tale. Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2006. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060726989
Book Description HarperCollins, 2006. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060726989