Young readers take an unique trip back to the decade of the 1920s in this innovative time trip, which includes a list of fascinating "firsts," a twenties dictionary, and tips on hairstyles.
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Blocksma energetically transports readers to the "swell" 1920s, when pajamas were considered indecent, a daily dose of cod liver oil was a must and a dollar bought 20 ice cream bars (21, should one of the sticks say "free"). After a briefing on suitable garb for a visit to the '20s, the author delivers a lesson on "jive talk" (according to which "flat tire" is a boring person and "het up" means angry); explains what to request at the beauty parlor and barbershop for a "darb" hairstyle; and describes a '20s-style "middle-class home in a middle-size city in middle America." Along the way, Blocksma slips in advice on such matters as how to put on high-top shoes so that they anchor long woolen underwear and how to use the telephone ("wait for the operator to come on"). The decade's historical and cultural highlights receive their due along with notations on such "Twenties firsts" as the initial appearances of zippers, Scotch tape, electric pop-up toasters and car radios. Each page contains a sampling of spirited line art by first-time artist Dennen. Black-and-white photos add dash, compensating for an unappetizing two-color design. It all amounts to a swift journey that is, well, totally "hep" and entirely "keen." Ages 8-12.
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Entertainingly couched as a topical guide for a kid who's about to stay with a middle-class American family of seven decades ago: a survey of slang, customs, technology, and details of daily life, with plenty of telling practical hints--how to ``use your high-tops to anchor your underwear''; ``Before you come, get your shots'' but ``Come back home for modern medical attention''; ``Watch out for false advertising'' and ``Get out...before October 29, 1929''; or, ``give your seat to an older person.'' Clothing, hair-styles, household routines, food, stores, entertainment, fads, travel, and features like Lindbergh's flight and the status of women and minorities are treated in inviting spreads lightened with cartoon-style art, boxed addenda, ``Twenties Firsts,'' and occasional photos. A delightful way to absorb a real sense of the era--and a treasure trove for other authors depicting it. (Nonfiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Little Brown & Co (Juv), 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110316099740
Book Description Little Brown & Co, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Susan Dennen (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0316099740
Book Description Little Brown & Co (Juv), 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0316099740