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Alexander's Great Pretending Day

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In this deceptively simple picture book for the very young, Alexander and his mother engage in a game of wild imagining. With all the comfort and charm of classics like The Runaway Bunny, Alexander's Pretending Day also offers playful reassurance. When Alexander pretends to be a scary monster, his mother says she's always wanted to have a monster for a friend. And when Alexander pretends to be a book, hidden on a shelf, his mother assures him that she'd find him right away under A and that he'd be a wonderful ...

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Overview

In this deceptively simple picture book for the very young, Alexander and his mother engage in a game of wild imagining. With all the comfort and charm of classics like The Runaway Bunny, Alexander's Pretending Day also offers playful reassurance. When Alexander pretends to be a scary monster, his mother says she's always wanted to have a monster for a friend. And when Alexander pretends to be a book, hidden on a shelf, his mother assures him that she'd find him right away under A and that he'd be a wonderful story. Families will love expanding on the text with fanciful "What if?" questions and answers of their own. Dan Andreasen's illustrations add just the right touch of whimsy to this lyrical text about limitless imagination.

When Alexander asks his mother questions, they use their imaginations to play together.

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Although newcomer Crumpacker's narrative can't help but remind readers of The Runaway Bunny, the author makes this story all her own. "It was a quiet morning, and a good time for pretending," so Alexander, a chubby-cheeked preschooler, seizes the opportunity. "Pretend I'm a really hungry mouse," he tells his mother as she sips her coffee. And what if he was a lion? Or a dinosaur? Or even a book "hiding in a library on a shelf with a lot of other books that look just the same?" Then Alexander asks after posing each scenario, "What would you do?" No matter what pretend persona the boy conjures, his mother offers a response that emotionally anchors her son without squelching him: the mouse gets cheese and juice, while Alexander, posing as a book (a thrilling story of a penguin family, the boy promises), would be lovingly read "from cover to cover." Alexander's bubbly, utterly authentic dialogue reflects a keen understanding of how fantasies simultaneously empower and frighten children; his mother strikes just the right balance of playfulness and comforting steadiness. Andreasen (The Attic Christmas) is in fine form as well; the hero always retains his personality no matter what form his imaginary characters take. The artist's signature velvety textures and chunky, rounded shapes give full rein to Alexander's flights of fancy, while always reassuring readers that the real world is safe and secure. Ages 3-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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PreS-K-Reminiscent of Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942), this charming story features a questioning boy and his clever parent. Alexander is busy drawing pictures when he asks his mother what she would do if he turned into a mouse, a lion, a train, or even a monster. Each time, she answers lovingly and patiently, playing along with the game. When Alexander suggests that he will become a raging river, she says that she will find a bridge to walk across and look for a place to wiggle her toes in the water. Finally, the boy wonders what she would do if he turned into a library book and hid on the shelves, "How would you find me?" She answers, "I'd look you up under Alexander-and -I'd sit down and read you from cover to cover." Andreasen's colorful, single- and double-page illustrations are filled with exuberance and gaiety. Alexander, a smiling boy with a cowlick and button nose, is whimsically depicted as each of the items he imagines, while his mother is always shown in a comfortingly realistic manner. A gentle tale of love and reassurance.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525469360
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.44 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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