Won't You Come and Play with Me?

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A list of errands in hand, a little boy sets out to town with good intentions, but how can he pass by a game of catch without joining in? And how can he resist the sweet smells coming from the bakery or the breezes beckoning in the harbor? Inspired by an old children's street rhyme, this simple story for the very young captures a time when the whole world is a playground, each new day a quest, and at journey's end, supper and a story wait at home. A perfect read-aloud for parent and child to share when the mood calls for a story of both comfort and adventure.

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Cynthia Jabar is the illustrator of a number of books for children, including Rain Song and Snow Dance. Her distinctive illustrations have been described by viewers as “vigorous,” “full of zest,” and “bright and saucy.” She divides her time between Portland, Maine, and New York City.

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Inspired by an old street rhyme, Donovan (Papa's Bedtime Story) spins a sprightly story of a boy with a list of things to do and plenty of attractive distractions. Nathan must get a haircut and then buy bread, bananas, strawberries and fish, but by the story's end, he's managed to play baseball, romp with a dog, eat a panoply of sweets, flirt with a girl, play at the waterfront?and he never does make it to the barber. Donovan captures the steady, quarter-time cadence of playground poetry: "Into the baker's shop I go;/ I have to leave there quickly,/ for if I'm slow, my mother will say,/ my face and hands got sticky." An exuberant refrain punctuates the verses: "E-I-O for Willie,/ E-I-O for Willie;/ won't you come, won't you come,/ won't you come and play with me?" With simple characterizations, cheerful colors and bold black outlines modulating invitingly soft shapes, Jabar's (Rain Song) scratchboard illustrations clearly evoke a child's sensibility. At the same time, however, her sophisticated use of perspective and composition effectively counterpoints the metronomic quality of the text. Between them, Donovan and Jabar sweep the reader into the exhilaration of a wonderful day's play. Ages 2-7.
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