A Difficult Dayby Eugenie Fernandes
In this reassuring picture book, kids (and parents) will learn that sometimes a hug is all you need to chase away a difficult day.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyMelinda is having a tough time. Not only did she not sleep well, but in gym class, stupid Harold punched her, and when shes rude at bathtime, her mother sends her to her room. Taking refuge under her bed, Melinda felt as if she were lost in space and nobody even cared. Her mother does, though, of courseI love you more than anything in the whole world, she says, and crawls under the bed with cookies and milk to prove it. If Fernandess (Katies Hand-me-down Day) prose is only occasionally punched up with color (Melinda felt like a noodle floating in a bowl of chicken soup), it also steers clear of didacticism. The tone is direct and the sympathetic conclusion more powerful as a result. The workmanlike illustrations are unified visually by a palette of saturated blues, plums and greens. Except for the chicken-soup fantasy, which is as good visually as it is verbally, the art is best when it sticks to real-life settingsscenes of Melinda imagining herself marching across a shrunken planet, la The Little Prince, are forced. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Joyce RiceMelinda didn't sleep very well last night. This morning she awakened to crumpled sheets and crumbs in her bed. When Melinda got to school, things just seemed to get worse. She was late to class, fell in a mud puddle during recess, and got in a fight with Harold during gym class. Once she got home, Melinda's mom made her take a bath, and although the warm water felt good, even that made Melinda unhappy. This story reminds us of Alexander and his horrible, very bad day. Young readers will enjoy being miserable with Melinda and will be delighted with the ending. This is an excellent read-aloud for the kindergarten classroom, and a fun book to share with your young readers at home. 1999 (orig.
- Kids Can Press, Limited
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 7 Years
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