In My New Yellow Shirt

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A playful journey into a child's imagination.

"In my new yellow shirt

I am a duck quacking,splashing through a big puddle of sun.

Watch out! Now I'm a taxi— HONK! HONK! —zooming down the street."

When a little boy gets a plain yellow shirt for his birthday, his friend Sam thinks it's a very ordinary gift. But the birthday boy has other ...

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Overview

A playful journey into a child's imagination.

"In my new yellow shirt

I am a duck quacking,splashing through a big puddle of sun.

Watch out! Now I'm a taxi— HONK! HONK! —zooming down the street."

When a little boy gets a plain yellow shirt for his birthday, his friend Sam thinks it's a very ordinary gift. But the birthday boy has other ideas. Before long, he has transformed himself into many wonderful yellow things.

In this cheerful story, Eileen Spinelli's energetic text and Hideko Takahashi's vibrant pictures prove that, with imagination, the sky's the limit.

A boy wears his new yellow shirt and is transformed in his imagination into a duck, a lion, a daffodil, a trumpet, and other things.

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Children's Literature
A yellow shirt received as a birthday present is all a little boy needs to spark his imagination. The bold, acrylic illustrations clearly portray the children's facial expressions as the boy opens the gift from Aunt Betty. His best friend Sam says aloud what all the other guests at the birthday party are thinking, "A yellow shirt! That's no fun!" The boy decides Sam is wrong because when he puts on his bright yellow shirt he can play at being many things. Out in his little backyard swimming pool, the boy is a duck in a puddle of sun. Later he is a ferocious lion stalking a neighbor's garden and when he tires, he turns into a snoozing caterpillar. In his yellow shirt he can become a tennis ball or a daffodil or even the brass trumpet in a parade. The boy is unafraid as he goes to bed because, after the lights are turned off, his "new yellow shirt is a smile of moon" as he falls to sleep. Another excellent bedtime story by the author of If You Want to Find Golden. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When a boy gets a yellow shirt as a gift, his best friend thinks it's a terrible present, but the birthday boy doesn't agree. When he wears it, he can be a bouncing ball, a stalking lion, a taxi "zooming down the street," a creeping caterpillar-anything he wants to be. Words and large, acrylic, cartoon illustrations, most of them double-page spreads, pair well to tell this story of a child's lively imagination. Spinelli's brief text features such lovely phrases as a duck "splashing through a big puddle of sun," and a "daffodil dancing dizzily in the wind." Young readers who look closely at the boy's toys will notice that his playthings serve as models for the animals and objects he becomes while wearing his yellow shirt. This story can provide a much-needed stimulus for children to use their own imaginations, and they may enjoy talking about other things one could do with a yellow shirt. They can continue the fun with Lisa Lawston's A Pair of Red Sneakers (Orchard, 1998).-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A young boy gives his imagination some major exercise as he tries to convince a friend that his aunt's birthday gift of a yellow shirt is just the cat's pajamas. "That's no fun," squawks his friend, as the shirt is unveiled. But the boy suggests that the yellow shirt transforms him: into a duckling or a taxi, a lion or a daffodil. Some of Spinelli's fantasies work better than others: the golden caterpillar will probably not strike a chord with readers, but being turned into a golden treasure and hidden in a dark attic works wonders; a "thumping" banana is downright perplexing, yet the firefly in the dramatic indigo nightscape is terrific. Making an effort for simplicity, Takahashi's artwork comes across as curiously static—big glassy eyes and stiff limbs—which she tries to enliven by using odd perspectives and supplying lots of visual cues for the story. Spinelli tries valiantly, but it's simply not the easiest thing in the world to get all hepped up about receiving clothes as a birthday present, and anyway, who needs a yellow shirt to pretend to be a trumpet or a tennis ball? (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805062427
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.14 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Spinelli

Eileen Spinelli is the author of many books for young readers, including When Mama Comes Home Tonight. She lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with her husband, author Jerry Spinelli.

Hideko Takahashi illustrated Beach Play, The Ding Dong Clock, and Good Night, God Bless. A native of Japan, Hideko now lives in Los Angeles, California.

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