A Day with Nellie

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Wake up, Nellie! The fun is about to begin. First, there’s deciding what to wear. Then there’s breakfast with all kinds of shapes and textures and tastes. From indoor play in a made-up train, to a trip to the park and a bedtime cuddle with Daddy, Nellie’s day is full of discoveries.

Marthe Jocelyn’s bright collages incorporate a feast of concepts for small children to explore. With so much to look at and talk...
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Overview

Wake up, Nellie! The fun is about to begin. First, there’s deciding what to wear. Then there’s breakfast with all kinds of shapes and textures and tastes. From indoor play in a made-up train, to a trip to the park and a bedtime cuddle with Daddy, Nellie’s day is full of discoveries.

Marthe Jocelyn’s bright collages incorporate a feast of concepts for small children to explore. With so much to look at and talk about, A Day with Nellie is sure to be a favorite with the very young and with the people who take care of them.

Author Biography: Marthe Jocelyn is a talented author and artist who worked for many years as a toy designer. She has written and illustrated two other picture books using cloth collages, and written four novels for older readers. Marthe Jocelyn lives with her husband and two daughters in New York City and Stratford, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
There are lots of choices for Nellie to make as she begins her busy day. What will she choose to wear—overalls, a dress or a ballerina's tutu? And what will she eat for breakfast—crunchy toast, a squishy egg, or crispy cereal? After breakfast Nellie says hello to her friends and plays indoor games all morning long until, tired, cranky, stubborn, and mad, she takes a nap. Lunch is a picnic complete with 1 cup of lemonade, 2 sandwiches, 3 baby carrots, 4 cookies, 5 cherries and 24 ants marching up the margin of the page. Nellie spends the afternoon outside, swinging and looking at everything far below, playing teacher, and making mud pies. Bath time and supper are followed by a story and a snuggle with Daddy, and then it is time for Nellie to go to bed. The author depicts the everyday activities and objects of a young child's world with colorful paper and fabric collage. Charming friezes of buttons, letters, pasta, and children create fascinating borders along the tops and bottoms of many pages. There is something to learn on every page. Name the foods that Nellie eats or point out the letters of the alphabet while Nellie teaches her animals. Nellie is portrayed in such a way that a child of almost any ethnicity could identify with her, and all young children will delight in being a part of Nellie's busy day. Now available in a board book format. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
PreS-Spending time with Nellie is a simple affair. She gets up, dresses, eats, plays, naps, has a picnic, plays some more, takes a bath, eats supper, and goes to bed. The straightforward text subtly introduces numbers, colors, the alphabet, and other concepts, with some questions thrown in to make the story interactive. Jocelyn's charming, intricate collages magically turn cloth, buttons, and other materials into lively, colorful, multidimensional scenes. Children will enjoy the pictures and relate to this day in the life of a typical preschooler.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Busy Nellie wakes up in a tangle of blankets ready to start a full day. First on the agenda is deciding on the appropriate attire. Every type of clothing presents itself and Nellie selects an outfit. Breakfast is next and, for Nellie, it’s an introduction to textures as well as food: "crispy cereal o’s, squishy egg, crunchy toast fingers." Pausing briefly in her busy schedule, she takes a moment to say hello to her friends. Directions such as out, in, on, and under are illustrated as Nellie goes about her morning playing. "Nellie gets tired . . . cranky . . . stubborn . . . mad!" It’s definitely time for a nap. Lunchtime follows and the quick bite is a good excuse to do some counting: "3 baby carrots, 4 cookies, and 24 ants." The afternoon is filled with colors and the alphabet with one final nod to cause and effect with the introduction of mud and soap. A quick dinner and a story with Daddy finish off this busy toddler’s day and then it’s time for bed. Bright, crisp, multimedia collages are at once simple and effective at conveying the quick lessons on every page. Visually stimulating and interesting, readers will get a taste of many concepts and terms as they spend a day with Nellie. Fast, clever, and fun. (Picture book. 2-5)
From the Publisher
“Jocelyn's charming, intricate collages magically turn cloth, buttons, and other materials into lively, colorful, multidimensional scenes. Children will enjoy the pictures and relate to this day in the life of a typical pre-schooler.”
School Library Journal

“…delightfully child–friendly…There are so many things to see and so many different objects…used to make the pictures that numerous readings will be welcomed.”
Booklist

A Day With Nellie is a delightful picture book… Strong, playful color illustrations resembling paper cutout models make this a particularly vibrant and happy tale for beginning readers.”
Children’s Bookwatch

“The book irresistibly draws the child in and encourages the reader to point and name objects. Marthe Jocelyn’s cloth collage is cheerful and child-like… The end-papers…are joyful and inviting.”
Books in Canada

“Marthe Jocelyn has surely been a mother of a pre-schooler, for her simple text about the rhythms and choices of a small girl’s day is not only fun, it rings true…Who could resist this beautiful book?”
Children’s Book News

“As with her stunning Hannah books, Marthe Jocelyn has again crafted delightful child-appealing collages to accompany her text… What distinguishes this catalogue of preschool activities…is the strength of its illustrations… This book will be sure to be a winner with the preschool set. Highly Recommended.”
CM Magazine

“[Young readers] will see a little bit of themselves in Nellie’s routines and A Day with Nellie is sure to spark interest and discussion. Even better than the text, however, are the illustrations…that will attract the readers (and listeners) to the story… A Day with Nellie is sure to delight children and adults alike…I highly recommend this book for school and public libraries.”
Resource Links

“…a charming new book for preschoolers. Jocelyn’s trademark collage illustrations are perfect for this age group: simple and uncluttered in design, yet rich in texture and pattern…”
Quill & Quire

“Very little children…will enjoy Canadian Marthe Jocelyn’s collage-illustrated story…”
Toronto Star

“…a sweet new concept book for toddlers…Jocelyn’s unusual and appealing collage-art style of illustration incorporates fabric and other items for a fun 3-D effect, and the simple text depicting young Nellie’s activities from morning til night is just right for two–and three–year–olds.”
The Chronicle-Herald

“Nellie introduces us to her wonderful world…There is sure to be animated discussion as this book is shared. Young readers will note that Nellie’s day has much in common with their own. The vibrant, textured collages are quite extraordinary…”
Brandon Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887766008
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.29 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Marthe Jocelyn is a talented author and artist who worked for many years as a toy designer. She has written and illustrated two other picture books using cloth collages, and written four novels for older readers. Marthe Jocelyn lives with her husband and two daughters in New York City and Stratford, Ontario.

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