There's a watermelon growing in the corner of the patch where the fence posts meet, and Jesse is waiting for it. Waiting for it to fill up with the cool summer rain and the hot summer sun. Waiting until at last it is ripe and ready for eating. Waiting until it is ready for her family's annual Watermelon day.
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Kathi Appelt is the author of many books for young readers. A graduate of Texas A&M University, she teaches writing to both children and adults. She lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband and their two sons.
PreSchool-Grade 3?In this tale that celebrates both summertime and the magic of anticipation, young Jesse finds a watermelon in the corner of the garden. Her pappy agrees that it will be a big one, worthy of "a watermelon day." The mention of this annual family event fills Jesse with warm memories. As the season drags on and the heat intensifies, the girl begins to feel that "...she and her watermelon might both burst from the sheer waiting of it all." When her father finally declares that it looks like a watermelon day, readers may think the waiting is over. Not so. With a whole summer of heat inside it, the melon is set to cool off in the lake. Jesse waits patiently as hours of softball, banjo playing, and eating stretch by. Finally, Pappy's big fist splits the melon in half and Jesse experiences the moment that has been making her mouth water since spring. Gottlieb's primitive art shimmers with the intense colors of summer. Oil pastels and simple designs enhance the sense of childlike wonder. This book is a love song to a simple pleasure and to a little girl who enjoys it as only a child can, dancing her watermelon dance and spitting seeds into the setting sun.?Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
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Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0805023046 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0462277
Book Description Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110805023046