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Annabelle Barbra Cavendish's quiet afternoon tea party is disrupted by Daniel Ezra Fiddleson and other friends, whose names run through the alphabet.
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PreSchool-Grade 1 Lillie's use of unusual names to reinforce learning the alphabet lends this ABC book a bubbling, rhythmic quality. With this in mind, the end product should be a pleasing and entertaining romp. What emerges instead is an insipidly illustrated picture book that is plagued with sexual stereotypes and offers little new or insightful to a market already flooded with this genre. It is a rather dull afternoon, and a group of Victorian era garbed children of mixed ethnic background become involved in a classic and all too overused example of the battle of the sexes. Feminine and proper young ladies like Annabelle Barbara Cavendish like to have tea parties. Rough and tumble little boys like Daniel Ezra Fiddleson have "other plans"namely the wrecking of said tea party. Little girls like to make mud pies, while little boys help throw them. More and more boys and girls become involved in the fray. Finally, the quiet afternoon becomes a noisy evening and all of the children say good night. Uninspired and cluttered gray and orange illustrations contribute to this book's overall mediocrity. Although One Very, Very Quiet Afternoon may be rather quaint, it is not very, very much fun. Xenda Casavant, Worcester Public Library, Mass.
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Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0688043224
Book Description William Morrow & Co, 1986. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0688043224