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The Longest Wait

Peter;Orchard Books Br John;Catalanotto

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ISBN 10: 0531068714 / ISBN 13: 9780531068717
Published by Orchard Books (NY), 1998
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Title: The Longest Wait

Publisher: Orchard Books (NY)

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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When Daddy rides off on his horse in a terrible snow storm to deliver the mail, his family anxiously awaits his return

From Publishers Weekly:

A snowstorm in a time of wooden sleds and horse-drawn wagons is the setting for this picture-book slice of life. Although Thomas's mother warns that "a man's not fit" for "strong wind and deep snow," not even the driving blizzard outside their door keeps Thomas's mailman father from his charge. Catalanotto's (Letter to the Lake) full-spread watercolors not only portray the family's anxiety as they wait for the father's return, but in dreamlike line drawings behind or beside the contemporaneous action, he suggests both past and future events. The illustrations convey, for instance, the fun Thomas imagines he will have in the snow when Daddy comes home; then later, as Thomas listens to his feverish father's account of the day, the artist portrays the hardships the father suffered in the blinding snow. The paintings supply the emotional moods absent from the text. While Bradby's (More Than Anything Else) first-person narration through Thomas's eyes is sprinkled with poetic images (e.g., "a sea of snow rolled and sprayed the air thick with white sparkles"; Daniel sits in a rocking chair "rocking the time away"), readers rarely witness the protagonist's reactions. His father recounts a catastrophic day that puts his health at risk, but only Catalanotto's portraits convey the boy's responses. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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