Best Little Wingman

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On a cold and snowy night, Janny climbs into the cab of her father's big snowplow. She has an important job to do. She is the wingman who pulls the lever that raises the plow's right wing so that the plow doesn't knock over mailboxes along the road. Janny is a good wingman, carefully pulling the lever as the plow approaches each mailbox. She watches the snow flying by as the plow picks up speed. Janny and her father help Dr. Turner, the veterinarian, reach a sick horse, and they pull Mr. Watson's ...

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Overview

On a cold and snowy night, Janny climbs into the cab of her father's big snowplow. She has an important job to do. She is the wingman who pulls the lever that raises the plow's right wing so that the plow doesn't knock over mailboxes along the road. Janny is a good wingman, carefully pulling the lever as the plow approaches each mailbox. She watches the snow flying by as the plow picks up speed. Janny and her father help Dr. Turner, the veterinarian, reach a sick horse, and they pull Mr. Watson's car out of a snowbank. It's hard work and a long night—a snowy night that Janny will never forget. Janet Allen's beautifully told story, with stunning illustrations by Jim Postier, captures the special bond between a father and daughter and the snowy night they share.

Janet Allen spent her wingman years in Westfield, Maine. Having been a teacher for more than twenty years, Janet is the recipient of teaching awards and has written many educational books. This is her first children's book.

Jim Postier received a master's degree in medical illustration and is currently a staff illustrator at the Mayo Clinic. He lives in rural Kasson, Minnesota, with his wife, Beth, and their three children.

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K-Gr 3-The close relationship between parent and child warms a cold winter night when Janny helps her father plow snow in rural Maine. As the "best little wingman," the youngster pulls the lever that raises the right wing of the snowplow so that it doesn't hit the mailboxes along the roadside. The importance of the job is heightened by the rescue of a neighbor and the assistance given to a veterinarian. Cool watercolors intensify the cold and snow, while occasional warm yellows glow in contrast from farmhouse windows. Some of the figures are a bit stiff, but the illustrations nevertheless capture the special bond between this father and daughter. The illustrator uses familial resemblances between them to good effect. Some children will find a reflection of their own family and experiences in this story; others will look through the window and get a glimpse of rural life in the cold north.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590781975
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,429,652
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Postier is the illustrator of The Best Little Wingman, by Janet Allen, and Goose Moon, by Carolyn Arden. He received his master's degree in medical illustration from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has worked as a staff illustrator at the Mayo Clinic. He lives in Kasson, Minnesota.

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