Anno's Magic Seeds (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Anno's Magic Seeds (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Mitsumasa Anno
     
 

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The next big book from the author of The Next Big Thing. Now in paperback!

After shedding over seventy pounds and hiding her nerdy side, Kylie Chase has reinvented herself as a savvy trendsetter. Her classes on How to Be Cool— which promise to transform students from geek to chic—have become Chicago's hottest ticket.

But things start to

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The next big book from the author of The Next Big Thing. Now in paperback!

After shedding over seventy pounds and hiding her nerdy side, Kylie Chase has reinvented herself as a savvy trendsetter. Her classes on How to Be Cool— which promise to transform students from geek to chic—have become Chicago's hottest ticket.

But things start to unravel when Kylie's apartment burns downs and she's forced to move back in with her parents. With a sexy journalist shadowing her every move, Kylie fears her private embarrassment may become public knowledge. The stress is driving Kylie nuts—and the weight she fought so hard to lose is starting to creep back on. But with the help of her best friend Ruby, a confident plus-sized model, Kylie's starting to learn that appearances aren't everything. And that morphing from an “ugly duckling” into the queen of cool isn't all it's cracked up to be…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Anno (Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jug; Anno's Hat Tricks) offers another worthy addition to his collection of playful stories with mathematical themes. A brief prelude tells of a wizard who gives happy-go-lucky Jack two golden seeds and directs him to eat one and bury the other: "I promise you it will grow and give you 2 more magic seeds in the fall." Jack does as he is told, and the cycle repeats for a number of years, until Jack decides one fall to bury both seeds. As Jack buries more and more seeds each consecutive year, readers are challenged with a series of questions ("How many seeds grew that year?"; "How many seeds did they bury?"). The mathematical gymnastics become even more rigorous as Jack marries, has a child, begins to store some seeds and sell others... until a hurricane wipes out the crops and Jack must begin all over again. Kids on the older end of the targeted age span will have fun with this, and although the arithmetic is well beyond those on the younger end, they'll enjoy Anno's lilting, linear narrative-as well as his soft, appealingly primitive watercolors. Ages 3-7. (Feb.)
School Library Journal

Returning from Your Big Breakand The Next Big Thing, Edwards tracks Chicago-based image consultant Kylie Chase. Having been an overweight outcast in high school, Kylie works to save others from her younger self's fate: she talks one client out of wearing a Star Wars costume on a first date and keeps another from starring in a porno. But Kylie's deep dark secret is that she still imagines herself as a high school pudgette, and when hunky journalist Ty Benedict is assigned to cover her career, Kylie has to face the real person behind the carefully constructed image. Lame affirmations ("You are exactly who you think you are") and corny one-liners are less than cool, but Edwards makes Kylie's voice immediate and winning as she puts her through her success-doubt-success paces. (June)

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Carolyn Phelan
ges 58. Jack meets a wizard who gives him two magic seeds and instructs him to eat one, which wil sustain him for a full year, and to plant the other. The following spring, the plant bears two seeds. Jack eats one and plants the other, as he does for several years until he determines to plant both seeds. The next year he has two plants each bearing two seeds, so he eats one seed and plants the other three. Six seeds! As the years go by, he marries, raises a family, plants many crops, endures a flood, and saves enough seeds to feed his family and start planting again. Told in folktale style, this symbolic story charts the development of agriculture. Teachers could use the eating, planting, harvesting, marketing, and storing of precise numbers of seeds as a mathematics lesson (though expect some confusion around the eighth year), but underlying the plot is a celebration of life's goodness and of the fundamental magic of planting a seed and watching it grow. From the first simple pictures of Jack and his plant to the last double-page spread echoing Millet's painting "The Angelus", Anno's pleasing watercolor artwork illuminates this thoughtfully designed picture book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613182966
Publisher:
Sanval, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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