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autumn in the city/pump the pedals race the sun/slipping sliding/down the block... Skipping, hopping, biking, and dancing her way through the seasons of the year, a young girl explores her big-city neighborhood. Exuberant text and art celebrate a child's relationship to her world. [An] ambitious and accomplished picture book. --Publishers Weekly, starred review
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A young African-American wriggles and spins around her urban home and neighborhood, celebrating the seasons with her mother and cat. Scattered about the page and almost free of punctuation, the text dances with her, with back-slanted italics deftly marking the change in mood when momma speaks--``jump two/bump two/drag the bag/four flights of steps/tomorrow's garbage day/momma says/here you go baby/you forgot the tuna/put down the tin and click my tongue/night kittens come running....'' Browning's watercolor and mixed-media technique works better on buildings and clothing than on human figures: the girl's daubed, heavily worked skin and slightly clumsy gestures don't capture her high spirits as well as the exuberant compositions and vivid play of blue, green, and orange. A sunny look at inner-city life--now playful, now reflective, but never heavy. (Picture book. 6-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
An energetic African American girl revels in the smells and sensations each season brings to her city block. "Lotz's debut features vivid imagery and an almost hip-hop rhythm that give her punctuation-free prose an infectious verve," PW said in a starred review. Ages 3-8.
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