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The Blue Ribbon Day
     

The Blue Ribbon Day

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by Katie Couric, Marjorie Priceman (Illustrator), Katherine Couric
 

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Katie Couric, admired and loved by millions of viewers of The Today Show and Dateline, won a whole new generation of fans with The Brand New Kid, her first book for children. A story about the need for tolerance, it debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remained there for many weeks.

In her new book, Couric explores an

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Katie Couric, admired and loved by millions of viewers of The Today Show and Dateline, won a whole new generation of fans with The Brand New Kid, her first book for children. A story about the need for tolerance, it debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remained there for many weeks.

In her new book, Couric explores an aspect of childhood that will resonate with kids and parents alike. Once again featuring Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O'Toole, the winning pair of friends introduced in The Brand New Kid, the girls tackle American children's favorite pastime — soccer — and the disappointment of not being picked for the team. Couric's simple story will comfort and reassure every child who has set his or her heart on joining a sports team, getting a part in the school play, or winning a class election only to be let down. More importantly, children will learn the invaluable lesson that everyone has a talent waiting to be discovered. Illustrated by the award-winning artist Marjorie Priceman, this is an ideal gift. Like Dr. Seuss's Oh,the Places You'll Go!, it is sure to be a treasured favorite in every family's library.

Editorial Reviews

In Katie Couric's The Brand New Kid, Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O'Toole coped with the rigors of their first day in second grade. In The Blue Ribbon Day, this almost inseparable pair is back to confront a friendship trauma that every kid can understand: Both Ellie and Carrie try out for the soccer team, but only one of them makes the grade. Can their friendship survive this bump in the road?
Publishers Weekly
The creators of The Brand New Kid bring back best friends Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O'Toole in this reassuring if clich -riddled tale about dealing with disappointment and discovering one's special talent. After the pals spy a sign announcing tryouts for the school soccer team, "Carrie said, `Great! Hey, let's give it a whirl!/ I'd love to be known as a cool soccer girl!' " In rhymed couplets that range from amusing to corny, the narrative describes the tryouts and the sobering results for Ellie, who fails to make the team. Her mother consoles her, yet delivers a muddled message ("Her mom said, `Don't worry, I know you are sad,/ but you couldn't feel good if you never felt bad' "). Luckily, Ellie excels in academia, teaming up with her lab partner (the no-longer brand-new kid, Lazlo) to enter a project in the science fair. Readers will be pleased though hardly surprised that both girls earn their equivalent of a blue ribbon. Priceman's signature bright hues and whimsical flourishes inject some spirit into the spot and full-bleed illustrations, but the plot does not offer her an opportunity to exhibit her usual range here. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In their latest outing (after Couric's successful The Brand New Kid), Ellie McSnelly and Carrie O'Toole wish they'd been picked for the soccer team. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385501422
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/19/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

KATIE COURIC has been a coanchor of NBC News’s Today since 1991, and in that position she has covered a variety of national and international events and fascinating people. She is also a contributing anchor for the newsmagazine Dateline NBC. Couric has received a number of prestigious awards, including six Emmys and a George Foster Peabody Award for her series “Confronting Colon Cancer,” a subject for which she is a major spokesperson and advocate. A native of Arlington, Virginia, she lives in New York with her two daughters.

MARJORIE PRICEMAN is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. Her work includes Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, a Caldecott Honor book; Emeline at the Circus, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, an ALA Notable Book and Reading Rainbow Featured Selection; It’s Me, Marva; Princess Picky; and My Nine Lives by Clio. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When a child is rejected for something he or she really wants, they feel terrible. But, they must be reassured that success is just around the corner - always!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched Katie on Today this morning reading to youngsters as Al showed the illustrations. I was enthralled! I actually had tears in my eyes because as a parent, I have lived this book with my children!