FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. While out hiking, a family comes upon the site of an old house and finds some clues about the people who once lived there.
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Grade 1-3-- Pinkney's richly hued watercolors, strong with a sense of place and personality, will help draw young readers into this dreamlike reminiscence of a large, lively family whose existence echoes only faintly in the present. Deep within a lush southern woodland is the site of an old homestead, visited only by deer, squirrels, and raccoons. One spring day, a child discovers this "home place." Spurred by her curiosity about the past, she digs in the ruined foundation and discovers a marble, a horseshoe, and the arm of a china doll. These objects lead her to envision the family whose home once stood there. Children love a mystery and this is a picture book that will invite them to think about the life cycle and the riddles of the past. Primary graders may need the help of an adult in raising and exploring these questions. Dragonwagon's short, rhythmic lines, laid out like poetry, have a sometimes mystical, sometimes conversational quality. Each full-page illustration lies opposite a brief block of text printed on a soft bone-colored background. One error must be mentioned, with regret. The flowers identified as honeysuckle in the text appear as morning glories in the illustration. The book has a simple dignity that is in complete harmony with the tone set by the author and the illustrator. A wonderfully evocative work. --Carey Ayres, Port Washington Public Library, NY
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On a backpacking trip, a girl and her parents uncover a bit of the past when they chance upon some daffodils--"cups lifted to trumpet / the good news / of spring." Nearby they find a chimney buried in honeysuckle, a stone foundation, a glass marble, the arm of a china doll. The girl imagines a black family living there in the past, what they ate, how they talked, the songs they sang. With striking craft, Dragonwagon limns a forgotten family's day-to-day existence. Pinkney's characteristically stunning, limpid watercolors are lush in shades of greens and browns, with touches of vibrant yellow in the flowers. His evocative images present a joyous mealtime, a child carefully ribboning her hair and hardworking Uncle Ferd, "wiping the sweat from his forehead." A nice touch in the book's attractive design is the fact that paintings of the present are full page, while those set in the past are "distanced" by their frames. This lovely work closes as the girl reluctantly leaves her imaginings to rejoin her parents in the present. Ages 5-8.
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Book Description Scholastic. Book Condition: Good. . Bookseller Inventory # E03A-00325
Book Description Scholastic, 1990. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Jerry Pinkney (illustrator). First Edition. light edge wear, light bumping to corners, a nice book with excellent artwork Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 35969
Book Description Scholastic Inc., 1992. Pictorial Cover, Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Pinkney, Jerry (illustrator). First Printing. posted july 2008. clean, tight copy. signed by jerry pinkney. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000421
Book Description Scholastic Inc./New York, 1990. soft cover, light crease across the front cover, unpaged, 8 3/8 x 11 inches, first edition, good + book condition, no dust jacket, juvenile picture book, Bookseller Inventory # G 3566
Book Description Scholastic, 1993. Book Condition: Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP92878842
Book Description Scholastic, 1993. Book Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96132453
Book Description Scholastic, New York, 1992. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Seventh Printing. Pages are unnumbered. Softcover. Very good condition. JUVENILE LITERATURE. Designed to improve reading skills on the third grade level. (Key Words: Reading Skills, Third Grade, Nature, Juvenile Literature). book. Bookseller Inventory # 6103X1
Book Description Scholastic, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 13836849
Book Description Scholastic, New York, 1992. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Seventh Printing. Pages are unnumbered. Softcover. Very good condition. JUVENILE LITERATURE. Designed to improve reading skills on the third grade level. (Key Words: Reading Skills, Third Grade, Nature, Juvenile Literature). book. Bookseller Inventory # 6103X2