Alexandra's Rag-Time Band

Alexandra's Rag-Time Band

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by Sharon Lynne Garvin, Brenda Brown
     
 

Poor little Alexandra is sick and must miss the town's annual parade. But with a little help from some special friends, she creates her own holiday magic in this heartwarming story that children everywhere can enjoy.

Filled with cheerful and colorful illustrations, author Sharon Garvin captures the capricious world of a child, with emotions as bright and

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Poor little Alexandra is sick and must miss the town's annual parade. But with a little help from some special friends, she creates her own holiday magic in this heartwarming story that children everywhere can enjoy.

Filled with cheerful and colorful illustrations, author Sharon Garvin captures the capricious world of a child, with emotions as bright and effervescent as 4th of July fireworks. In sickness or health, Alexandra's Rag-Time Band is the perfect companion for kids of all ages.

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Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
It's July 4th and Alexandra is sick. She'll miss the annual July 4th parade. Not one to mope, however, Alexandra finds her toy soldier, her stuffed rabbit "Rag," and her turtle "Time," organizes them into a "Rag-Time Band," and holds her own parade. Accompanied by simple yet charming illustrations, this is a nice story, especially to read to kids who might be home sick in bed. However, the book may have benefited from extra editing before hitting the presses. The first problem is a lack of verb tense consistency, which is evident on the very first page of the text. Secondly, the rhymes are off in places (rhyming time with find, for example), and sentence structures are often stilted in order to force a rhyme scheme. Also, in at least one instance a lack of proper punctuation leads to an incomprehensible run-on sentence. Finally, the last several pages switch from first person to second person point of view, which is not necessarily a problem, but doesn't quite work in this case. While this imaginative story may have a place on a child's bookshelf, parents would be well advised to read it over several times first in order to become familiar with what the author is trying to say. Then, when reading it to a child, they can improvise and correct some of the grammar problems therein.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561679263
Publisher:
American Literary Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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Guest More than 1 year ago
We have two children - a four year-old girl and a two and one-half year-old boy. Both children enjoy reading and hearing this book read to them by either my husband or me. My daughter has even renamed her stuffed rabbit Rag. As a parent, I appreciate to message that this charming book sends. Kids can provide their own entertainment and do not need external stimulae to have fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A sweet story of a sick child who finds comfort within her own imagination. A lesson to inspire little ones to realize that life can be what one makes it. A look on the bright side even when faced with great disappointment, with an invitation for those that read it, to do the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This charming, well written book tells a comforting story that every child will enjoy. It encourages children to use their imaginations - and is a wonderful lesson in how to do it! The delightful illustrations are sure to capture a child's attention. This is a must for every child's library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story of a little girl and how she uses her own imagination to help heal herself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book that is sure to bring a smile to a childs face when ill, whether minor or severe. Having an autistic child, it certainly helps to relieve any anxiety about being sick in a simple and fun way he can understand. Illustrations are wonderful and capture the childs attention. MUST HAVE for doctor offices and hospitals!