Alice Schertle Down the Road

ISBN 13: 9780152766221

Down the Road

4.16 avg rating
( 115 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780152766221: Down the Road
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Mama and Papa agree that eggs for breakfast would be nice, but they’re too busy to go to the store. So they decide that Hetty is old enough to go by herself. Although she practices walking smoothly up the hill so she won’t break the precious eggs, she can’t help running all the way down. Young readers will hold their breath as Hetty tries her very best to get those eggs home safely. “The story is remarkable for its evocative imagery, and the loving interchange between the characters sets a charming tone. The words are perfectly complemented by Lewis’s dazzling, impressionistic watercolors that show the joyous power of love and depict a warmly supportive world in which Hetty ventures forth toward independence. A fine book that speaks straight to the heart.”--Booklist

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

ALICE SCHERTLE is a poet and the author of many well-loved books for children, including the beloved, best-selling Little Blue Truck series,Very Hairy Bear, Button Up!, and All You Need for a Snowman. She lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts.

Review:

Kindergarten-Grade 3-Hetty has never been down the dusty road "all by herself" before, but one morning her parents decide she's old enough to fetch eggs in town on her own. The way is long, and she makes up sing-song "walking words" to amuse herself as she goes. She strides through a meadow, across a stream, and finally "...into the cool shadows of Mr. Birdie's Emporium and Dry Goods Store." On the way home, the eggs survive a close call but break when she is tempted to pick a "Papa-size" apple. Crestfallen, she climbs the tree and sulks until her father comes looking for her. They share the delicious fruit, and then Mama joins them on their perch. The next day, it's apple pie for breakfast instead of eggs. The lyrical, rhythmic text is rich with a warm, leisurely Southern feeling. Even when disaster strikes, there's not much to worry about. The story is both timeless and old-fashioned; the tractor, cars, and truck waiting for repairs in Hetty's yard and the credit card stickers in Mr. Birdie's window ground the rural setting in the present. The watercolor illustrations radiate an almost beachlike quality of blinding light, as well as offer the shadowy relief of intense and subtle greens, blues, and browns. Hetty is a sturdy, charming African American girl with pigtails, ribbons, and overalls. This story is so cozy and sweet that it makes readers thirsty-but Lewis's paintings go down like cool clear water. (School Library Journal - Vanessa Elder )

Ages 4-8. A gentle story about the child Hetty, who sets off alone for the first time, down a dusty road to buy fresh eggs for her family's breakfast. On the way to the store, she practices her "smooth walk" so that the eggs won't roll around and crack in the basket she carries. On her trip home, everything goes well--until she spies an apple tree and decides to pick some fruit. As she reaches for the apples, the basket tips and the precious contents fall to the ground and crack. Disheartened, Hetty climbs the tree to a branch high above the broken shells. Before long, her worried parents arrive--first Papa, then Mama--and in a tender denouement, the three sit together in the branches, talking quietly until Hetty's confidence is restored. The story is remarkable for its evocative imagery, and the loving interchange between the characters sets a charming tone. The words are perfectly complemented by Lewis' dazzling, impressionistic watercolors that show the joyous power of love and depict a warmly supportive world in which Hetty ventures forth toward independence. A fine book that speaks straight to the heart. (Booklist - Shelley Townsend-Hudson )

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780152024710: Down the Road

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0152024719 ISBN 13:  9780152024710
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers, 2000
Softcover

9780060200572: Down the Road

Harper..., 1999
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Alice Schertle
Published by Harcourt Children's Books (1995)
ISBN 10: 0152766227 ISBN 13: 9780152766221
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1995. Condition: New. E. B. Lewis (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0152766227

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 39.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Schertle, Alice
Published by Harcourt Children's Books (1995)
ISBN 10: 0152766227 ISBN 13: 9780152766221
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110152766227

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 56.22
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Alice Schertle, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
Published by Harcourt Children's Books (1995)
ISBN 10: 0152766227 ISBN 13: 9780152766221
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0152766227

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 73.58
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds