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Joe's Cafe

Impey, Rose

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ISBN 10: 0316417777 / ISBN 13: 9780316417778
Published by Little Brown, 1991
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Big brother Joe comes to understand what the responsibility of being in charge means when his little sister disappears while Joe is playing a game. Bookseller Inventory # 003862

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Title: Joe's Cafe

Publisher: Little Brown

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Porter, Sue

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

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Joe is left in charge of his little sister - but is so busy playing his favourite game of Creepy Crawly Cafe that he forgets all about her. This is the story of what Joe does when he finds that she is gone - and the happy relief of finding her.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-- When brother Joe is taking care of toddler sister Amy one hot afternoon, he soon pronounces her "a pain" and ignores her for his favorite game--making worm, spider, and snail treats to "sell" in his imaginary Creepy Crawly Cafe. But when Amy wanders off, Joe is in tears, and realizes what it means to be in charge. Happily, Amy is recovered, and reconciliation, repentance, and forgiveness take place before a family picnic. Those who have been "in charge" will identify with Joe's irritation, his frantic fear, and his relief. There are childlike touches in the story: Amy's innocent delight in making some flowers "all fall down"; her wriggling out of Joe's hug; Joe's excitement about the sale of his goodies; and his attempt to find his sister. The text is often interspersed with spot illustrations--sketchy ink outlines and watercolors that capture the muddy children and rumpled adults in a setting of lush green gardens and countryside. One effective double-spread angles the text alongside the trail of flowers, then skirts Amy as she walks along the path. Joe's helplessness in his search is suggested by his relative smallness against the rest of the neighborhood; facial features are simple but expressive. A reassuring book for individuals or group sharing. --Jane Saliers, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
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