From the author of the Newbery Honor Book 26 Fairmount Avenue comes this sweet fable about young Tomie and all the things he does in a year of growing up. Illustrations.
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A 5-year-old Tomie worries over the health of his baby sister, learns to read in one weekend (with a pilfered schoolbook), and helps his father pave the new driveway (to a too-fine polish!). In the spirit of his earlier memoirs, the Newbery Honor-winning 26 Fairmount Avenue and Here We All Are, author Tomie dePaola recounts the (mostly) serene days between the end of kindergarten and the beginning of first grade. DePaola's warm, humorous style appeals to readers of all ages. His recall of a boyhood summer is vivid enough to touch youngsters who may be experiencing similar thrills and spills and to bring back memories for those whose kindergarten days are long past. From the 1939 World's Fair to a neighborhood "Tiny Tot Wedding," in which the budding thespian Tomie plays the part of the bride, each episode glows with boyish bliss. DePaola's folksy black-and-white drawings and silhouettes capture the details of life at 26 Fairmount Avenue with charm and wit. A wonderful read-aloud. (Ages 7 to 11) --Emilie CoulterFrom Booklist:
Gr. 2-4. In this sequel to 26 Fairmont Avenue^B (1999) and Here We All Are [BKL My 15 00], dePaola picks up the story of his young life. Chronicling another few months, this book begins with the illness of his baby sister and ends with the start of the school year and Tomie's learning to read. Each chapter recounts a special event: the family's visit to the World's Fair, Tomie's dance recital, and his appearance as the bride in a "tiny tots" wedding. Since the action occurs some 60 years ago, there are details dePaola must explain (knickers, Ovaltine), which slows the narrative in places. But children will still come away with is a sense of how remarkably the same many things are: fear for a sick sibling; the excitement of a summer outing; the anticipation of the first day of school. Since these remembrances now have a series name (26 Fairmont Avenue Book series), expect to read more about Tomie. Ilene Cooper
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Book Description Library Binding. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2617562972