On the way out of the neighborhood subway stop, Jabari finds a blue glove on the stairs. Whose glove could it possibly be? Thousands of people pass through the subway station every day. Still, Jabari hopes to return the glove to the person who lost it. Jabari's mother explains that finding the glove's owner won't be easy. Nevertheless, the boy is determined. "Has anyone lost a glove?" he asks of construction workers, street musicians, a crossing guard, and others. Each person offers Jabari a reason why the glove couldn't be his or hers. "How the young detective pieces together the puzzle makes for a delightfully winning story. G. Francis Johnson's charming tale of dogged determination shows a young boy facing a challenge with logic and imagination. Dimitrea Tokunbo's spirited illustrations of neighborhood live add to the fun of this little mystery.
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G. Francis Johnson has been writing for children for nearly five years, specializing in stories set in inner-city New York, where she was raised. She now lives with her sons in Abingdon, Maryland. This is her first picture book.
Dimitrea Tokunbo is the illustrator of Sidewalk Chalk: Poems of the City, by Carole Boston Weatherford. A freelance illustrator and graphic designer, Ms. Tokunbo lives in New York City.
PreSchool-Grade 2–When Jabari finds a lost glove on the subway stairs, he is determined to reunite it with its owner, although his mother tells him it will be difficult to do so. As they walk through their neighborhood, the boy asks various people if they have lost a glove. Through interesting dialogue, Johnson conveys the child's admirable determination and also serves up a low-key lesson in community helpers, as the individuals describe the hand wear needed to do their particular type of work (e.g., construction workers use heavy suede gloves, the fish seller wears rubber gloves). Finally, Jabari spots a teary-eyed girl with one bare hand and the mystery is solved. The colorful watercolor paintings are filled with action and capture quite well the big-city flavor of the story. Children will be drawn to the characters' engaging faces, with their realistic expressions. The illustrations are framed, separating them nicely from the text. The large pictures and accessible language make this appealing book appropriate for reading aloud. Use it to supplement units on community helpers or city life.–Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
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Book Description Boyds Mills Press, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111590780418