I'll Play With You

I'll Play With You

by Mary McKenna Siddals, David Wisniewski
     
 

The cut-paper artistry of Caldecott winner David Wisniewski is joined with Mary McKenna Siddals’s lyrical verse in this sweet and simple book about the joys of outdoor play. The sun, wind, clouds, rain, stars, and moon are waiting outside, inviting little ones to come and play with them. A multiethnic group of children is featured in this ideal read-aloud,

Overview


The cut-paper artistry of Caldecott winner David Wisniewski is joined with Mary McKenna Siddals’s lyrical verse in this sweet and simple book about the joys of outdoor play. The sun, wind, clouds, rain, stars, and moon are waiting outside, inviting little ones to come and play with them. A multiethnic group of children is featured in this ideal read-aloud, in a small format perfect for little hands to hold.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An excellent bedtime book, this will encourage urban and rural kids alike to engage with the outdoors." Booklist, ALA

a "well-crafted picture book" School Library Journal

"Although the young characters spend time apart from human companions, it's a comforting solitude that suggests a fresh connection with the world." Publishers Weekly

"...the vivid collages may inspire young listeners to enjoy some of their own running, splashing, and jumping in the great outdoors." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Four children treat nature as their playmate in Siddals's (Tell Me a Season) cheerful book. A waking boy tells the sun, "Meet me outside," and a girl greets the wind as she brushes her teeth. While sitting in a grassy field with his pet beagle, another boy challenges the clouds ("You make some pictures. I'll guess what they are"). The speakers are not just fair-weather friends; one girl implores the rain to "fill up the puddles so I can go splashing," then dons a yellow slicker and leaps right in. At day's end, all four unite on a hillside under a vast star-filled sky; Wisniewski's (Workshop) cutout shapes in variegated shades of post-dusk blue accentuate the depth and height of the panoramic view. Then the children, each back in their own rooms, fall asleep with the moon shining through the window. Wisniewski depicts detailed images of tiny leaves, draped cloth and the children's alert faces, as well as more abstract ideas, such as an invisible wind, which he whips up by slicing a spiral of semi-transparent paper. The author avoids anthropomorphizing the weather, simply by imagining how a person addresses a silent-but-agreeable companion: "You twinkle, and I'll try to count you," the children tell the stars. Although the young characters spend time apart from human companions, it's a comforting solitude that suggests a fresh connection with the world. Ages 2-5. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In this well-crafted picture book, characteristics of the sun, wind, clouds, rain, stars, and moon are revealed from a child's point of view, as several youngsters ask the different elements to play with them. The text is simple, but rich with detail: "I'll play with you, Sun./Meet me outside./I'll help you make shadows./I'll hide while you climb./Then poke through the branches/and tickle me warm." The bright, bold, cut-paper artwork captures the feelings and images described in the verses. The sun looks warm and creates interesting shadows, the blowing and swirling motion of the wind is illustrated by the graceful movement of a collection of fall-colored leaves, and the nighttime scenes are depicted in cool shades of blue. Although the book's small size may make it difficult to use with large audiences, young listeners are bound to enjoy this attractive offering and the smooth, rhythmic text is well suited to reading aloud.-Melinda Schroeter, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395903735
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
5 - 3 Years

Meet the Author


David Wisniewski (wiz-NESS-key) was born in Middlesex, England, in 1953. After training at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he spent three years as a clown, designing and constructing his own props, costumes, and gags. He was subsequently hired by his future wife, Donna, as a performer with a traveling puppet theatre. Married six months later, the Wisniewskis started their own troupe, Clarion Shadow Theatre, specializing in shadow puppetry. In the course of creating the plays, puppets, and projected scenery, Mr. Wisniewski evolved the storytelling techniques and art skills that eventually led to his picture books with their unique cut-paper illustrations. His retelling of GOLEM was awarded the 1997 Caldecott Medal. David Wisniewski died in 2002 in the Maryland home he shared with his wife and two children.

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