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Gina
     

Gina

by Bernard Waber
 

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When Gina moves to a new neighborhood in Queens, she is dismayed to find that her apartment building is crawling with boys. There's not a single female playmate her age in sight. What will Gina do? Join right in, of course! She may be a girl, but she is also a good friend -- to everyone. "Another winner from the redoubtable Waber." -- School Library Journal

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When Gina moves to a new neighborhood in Queens, she is dismayed to find that her apartment building is crawling with boys. There's not a single female playmate her age in sight. What will Gina do? Join right in, of course! She may be a girl, but she is also a good friend -- to everyone. "Another winner from the redoubtable Waber." -- School Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gina is understandably disappointed when she discovers that no other girls her age live in her new apartment building. "Yet, and more oddly still,/ there were boys, boys, boys galore,/ boys, boys, boys-Gina's age,/ on every floor." After a lengthy, breezily illustrated roll call of the young males in Gina's building, Waber (the Lyle the Crocodile books) shows how they all have a grand time hanging out together, while "Day after day, Gina played all alone./ No friends rang her bell, or called on the phone." One day, Gina mentions that she "could throw," and the boys give her a chance to prove it. She does that handily and goes on to show her prowess in batting, biking, climbing trees-and even standing up to bullies. "Gina made many friends that day./ Her whole life changed in every way./ Moving to the apartment was no longer a bummer./ Gina began having fun, fun, fun that summer." Waber offsets the randomness of his rhythms and his frequently forced rhymes with the domesticated daffiness of his action-packed watercolors, served up here in panels, whole pages and quick vignettes. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Gina has just moved into a new apartment building in Queens, NY. There are no girls her age, but boys galore, none of whom wants to be her friend. In lilting rhyme and funny, full-color cartoons, dozens of boys are named and personified: ``Kyle, Lyle, Vic, and Stu. Tom, John, and Zbigniew.'' Families, gaggles, and gangs of boys ignore Gina who, day after day, draws and reads books about sports. ``One day-/was it Nate or was it Joe?/Well, anyway, Gina told one of them/she could throw.'' Henceforth, she becomes friends with them all. In a quatrain for equity, the author states: ``Although her life was full,/Gina clung to the dream/of someday seeing other girls/play on her team.'' Another winner from the redoubtable Waber.-Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
From the Publisher
"Another winner from the redoubtable Waber." School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395874813
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/29/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 10.97(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Bernard Waber, who has written eight delightful books about Lyle the Crocodile, a little boy named Ira, and a firefly named Torchy, is the author of more than seventeen picture books for children. Widely praised by reviewers for his ability to describe common family problems, he is best loved by children for his freeflowing humor and gentle characters.

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