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But No Candy

But No Candy

by Gloria Houston, Lloyd Bloom (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In melodious prose, Houston looks at WW II through the eyes of Lee, an American girl living in the country. Every day the youngster takes a nickel ``from Mama's flowered dish'' and goes downstairs to choose some candy from the store that her father owns. But when war comes and Uncle Tom goes away to fight, the candy supply slows to a trickle then stops altogether as the war intrudes on Lee's sheltered world. Her hope for the war to end and her candy supply to be replenished becomes a refrain, poignant in its childlike simplicity. By book's end Lee has matured to understand that ``she would never be the same again'' and that even candy ``didn't seem as important as it used to be.'' Bloom's oils capture the unfettered freedom of childhood with an underlying thoughtfulness. Rendered in somber tones, with strong, stylized faces, the paintings' homey details create a reassuring setting for Houston's affecting narrative. The artist's evocation of mood adds a distinct depth of vision--his characters seem endowed with a sensitive wisdom. Ages 4-up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- Set during World War II, this book captures the flavor of the times filtered through the eyes of a young girl, who sees the war simply as the cause of her being deprived of candy. Six years old when the story begins, Lee matures as her world changes. The war takes away her Uncle Ted, and missing her daily treat gradually begins to assume less importance than having him come back safely. When he does return, bringing her the longed-for Hershey bar, Lee finds she cannot recapture her childish feelings of delight and realizes that she has grown up. As the girl and her family gather scrap metal, listen to the war news on the radio, and collect ration stamps, this period of American history is given substance. The illustrations have a wonderful '40's quality about them also, presenting the family in a solid three-dimensional manner as if created from clay. This is a succinct, well-crafted story that is well worth a place on most picture-book shelves.-- Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library , LA
Stephanie Zvirin
Dark, moody illustrations mirror the somber historical background of Houston's latest picture book, set during World War II. Lee loves the candy she gets from her father's store, her favorite treat being a Hershey's chocolate bar, which she takes to a private place to savor a square at a time. When rationing starts, she misses her treat--even more than she misses her Uncle Ted, who is fighting overseas. Then a newsreel shocks her into realizing that war means a good deal more than "no more candy," and when Uncle Ted arrives home safely, it's to him her attention goes, not to the Hershey bar he brings. An innocent child's eyes are opened to a wider world in this quiet, sensitive story.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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