Joe is the last one in his class to line up for a walk to the park, and he lags behind all the others, but he sees a lot more than they do
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Poor little Joe! He's always being scolded or teased for lagging behind when the class lines up for their walk to feed the ducks. But the teacher and the other children don't know what Joe is busily observing while he dawdles. The answers to the question of what Joe sees are given in a rich, vivid pictures--ants on their way to the anthill, a chipmunk poised on a log, a tortoise creeping through the grass, a sleepy-eyed toad, and, most miraculously of all, some ducklings hatching from their shells--that are sure to captivate readers. Often, the drawings replace the words entirely, making this a quiet question-and-answer game the reader can play. Gentle and rich in visual imagery, this is a fine, beautifully illustrated story that unpretentiously underscores the value of taking the time to really see. (Picture book. 3+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-A cheerful picture book that encourages acceptance of individual differences. Joe is a slow poke. On the way to the park to visit the ducks, he lags behind the others and in the process sees lots of wonderful things that speedy kids in his class miss-a blue bird, a troop of ants, a squirrel, a turtle. Everybody enjoys and feeds the ducks. On the way back, Pete has to stop to tie his shoelace; he follows Joe's lead, notices some baby ducks in the bushes, and calls to the rest of the children to come back for a look. The realistic watercolor and colored-pencil depictions of the ethnically diverse class alternate with attractive, naturalistic scenes. The text is well placed and well written for a satisfying read-aloud with wide appeal.
Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
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Book Description Greenwillow, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0688131239
Book Description Greenwillow Books, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110688131239
Book Description Greenwillow Books, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0688131239