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When Maria finds the lost key to her neighborhood’s city playground, she gathers all her friends together for a rollicking, rolling good time of outdoor fun in this vividly illustrated, artfully narrated, rhyming adventure. Just as the kids are about to leave their newly found turf, the grown-ups crash the party and join in on the fun—hand-clapping, rope-jumping, and high-swinging together in a colorful multicultural celebration. Teaching children the fundamentals of storytelling, this picture ...

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Overview

When Maria finds the lost key to her neighborhood’s city playground, she gathers all her friends together for a rollicking, rolling good time of outdoor fun in this vividly illustrated, artfully narrated, rhyming adventure. Just as the kids are about to leave their newly found turf, the grown-ups crash the party and join in on the fun—hand-clapping, rope-jumping, and high-swinging together in a colorful multicultural celebration. Teaching children the fundamentals of storytelling, this picture book provides an impeccable working model for storytelling using straight rhymes, slant rhymes, and meter. Masterfully presenting poetic tools in an accessible manner, this is a book whose story sings and leaps off the page, causing kids to dance and cheer.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Who, what, why, when, where, and how? The kids wanted to know. That is the basis for this book of poetry. WHO... found something in the cookie jar? It was not Hector, Shanequa, or Ali Kumar, but it was Maria. When Maria put her hand in the cookie jar, the kids wanted to know, WHAT did she find? Maria found the key to the playground lock. She was so excited by her find that she went up and down her block telling all the kids she had found the key. The kids had a hard time remembering WHY the key had been lost. Could it have been lost when they were swinging so high? The key had not been seen since the Fourth of July but what part of the day? WHERE could the key have flown? Just how far away? Could it have gone to Tunisia, maybe even Korea? They went really high on the swings. Finally, HOW did Maria manage to come across the key? Laughing and singing, the children were glad to have the cookie jar to keep the key safe. This book was listed twice with two other publishers before Gingerbread House picked it up in 2009. The publisher is excited to be offering this rhyming book and is looking for comments from readers. Unusual for most books, the entire jacket is a tutorial for understanding rhyming and writing poetry. The illustrations are amazing: bright colors and children's faces full of joy. The pages are a medley of color, swirls, action, and children. I would suggest reading the book to children when they can view the pages. Reviewer: Debby Willett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940112186
  • Publisher: Gingerbread House
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,035,296
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Josephine Nobisso is the author of several books, including The Numbers Dance; Show, Don't Tell!: Secrets of Writing; and The Weight of a Mass. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Friend of Education Award, the Global Learning Initiative Award, and the NCEA's Distinguished Graduate Award. She lives in Westhampton Beach, New York. Joan Holub is the former associate art director for Scholastic. She is the author and illustrator of numerous children's titles, including Knuckleheads and Why Do Dogs Bark? She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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