Sara is bored and nothing is going her way. None of the toys that she finds work right. Her imaginative trades lead her from one toy to the next, but it's her friends who are having all the fun. Eventually Sara see that a creative mind is more important than the perfect toy, and sharing with friends is the best way to have fun.
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PreSchool-K—A circular story about a piece of red chalk and an imaginative but bored child. Sara, unable to draw a satisfactory picture on her bumpy sidewalk, sees that Tim is having more fun playing with his marbles. Instead of discarding the chalk, she tells him that "everything you draw with it will come to life." They make a switch and Sara's claim proves true for him. She doesn't know exactly what to do with the newly acquired marbles, so she trades them for a lollipop, telling a girl that they are pearls from the sea. Sam immediately turns into a smiling mermaid while Sara discovers that the lollipop is cherry, a flavor she doesn't even like. So, she barters again, acquiring a "broken" yo-yo, an "out-of-tune" flute, and a hopscotch board that disappears in the rain. But all is not lost as Sara is again in possession of the red chalk. She uses it to draw a very large hopscotch board that she shares with the other children. Delicate pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are the highlight of this story and deftly detail the make-believe scenarios the other children enjoy. This "grass-is-always-greener" tale is a conundrum: Sara seems to have a great imagination, but never learns to put it to use for her own entertainment.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Sara is bored with her red chalk. Then she sees Tim playing with marbles, and she strikes a creative bargain: his marbles for her "magic chalk," which makes "everything you draw come to life." Tim accepts, but Sara struggles to make the marbles fun. A chain of trades continues: Sara envies a toy, has trouble finding the fun in it, and then passes it off to a new friend with a wild sales pitch--a yo-yo grants wishes; marbles are "real pearls from the ocean." At last the trading comes full circle, and Sara is pleased with her original chalk. Kids who have surveyed a room of toys and pronounced themselves bored will see themselves in this Dutch import. The familiar premise is handsomely extended in the ink-lined, color-washed drawings, which show, in scenes of Sara's friends using their creative powers to make Sara's outlandish claims come true, a world of imagination that's inseparable from reality, reminiscent of Peter Sis' work. Use this with Ted Dewan's similarly themed Crispin (2000). Gillian Engberg
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