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Madison is out playing in her yard when she happens upon a piece of rope. Determined to find out just where the rope leads, she and her little black cat follow the line of the rope. They zig and zag and shimmy-shammy from one dance step to the next, from one adventure to another. Charming illustrations and jaunty rhyming text will have readers and listeners singing and tapping their feet as this special line takes Madison and her cat on a wild ramble and eventually safely back to where they ought to be!
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Author-artist Sunny Warner uses bits of fabric in her illustrations to create a quilted effect for this touching tale. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she has written and illustrated several children's books. Ms. Warner lives in Tucson, ArizonaFrom School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-Madison finds a piece of rope and follows it with her cat, Caspar. They travel beyond a curtain of sheets drying on a clothesline and enter a fantasy world, where they dance along the now pointy and curved rope to the jazzy beat of a jitterbug band. After a rainstorm, they lose their way in a flood, but sail to safety in Madison's umbrella and rediscover their rope at the end of the rainbow. They salsa, mountain climb, cross a perilous divide, sled, and finally dance their way home on "hungry feet." Pen-and-ink drawings with opaque color washes are rendered in a cartoon style that reinforces the playfulness of the story. As Madison enters the world of imagination, the edges of the illustrations become more fluid. Colors reinforce the mood of the story. The girl dances on hot red and yellow lines as she does the "shimmy-shammy rag" and on wavy gray ones as the rain appears. While the idea of the line leading children through imaginary adventures is a good one, they may have difficulty following it in less obvious scenes such as the rainstorm. Also, some of the rhymes are a bit forced. Carole Schaefer's The Squiggle (Crown, 1996) is a more fully realized example of where a rope and imagination can go, but Madison will appeal to young readers all the same.
Susan M. Moore, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
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