It's Picture Day Today!

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An annual event in every elementary-school classroom is the taking of the group portrait. Here, the “kids” are made up of buttons and bits of string, cardboard, feathers, grommets, and such, and are a pretty disheveled lot before Glue (late; “stuck in traffic”) arrives to sort everyone out and settle everything down. An imaginative invitation to seeing, to creative crafts, to story-hour performance.

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Overview

An annual event in every elementary-school classroom is the taking of the group portrait. Here, the “kids” are made up of buttons and bits of string, cardboard, feathers, grommets, and such, and are a pretty disheveled lot before Glue (late; “stuck in traffic”) arrives to sort everyone out and settle everything down. An imaginative invitation to seeing, to creative crafts, to story-hour performance.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
The playful front cover gives a hint of the antics sandwiched between the covers. The yellow school bus and the doors that have "school" written above them clue us into the fact that this is "Picture Day" at a school. Then we turn the page to realize that the purple button that has been rolling across the pages right from the beginning is joining a whole group of buttons with the announcement "Here come Buttons." Feathers follow and then we see strings, and rings, and springs and other things. Each page is covered (leaving lots of white space so as not to be too cluttered) with "sequins, squiggles, glittering stars, fuzzy pom-poms, twisty yarns," all bouncing down the steps. Other items join in the parade, including clothes pins, ribbons, twisted wire glass frames, and bits of Easter grass. The glasses and a feather seem to be a large face on the page that asks "Who's missing?" All of the objects answer eagerly, "Teacher! I know who! GLUE!" Obviously out of breath, the tardy GLUE says "Whew" as everyone clambers around seeking attention. Now on the double gatefold spread we see that all of the items have been glued together to form a variety of animals and imaginative creatures and the teacher made of pipe-cleaners, Dixie cups, and fabric scraps is enjoining them to "say cheese" as she takes their picture with an old camera. Bright and exuberant, this title will promote lots of discussion and provide the springboard for lots of art projects. It could also serve as part of an Earth Day project showing how odds and ends can become "art." Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Getting ready for picture day is a little different at a school where the student body is made up of art materials, including "Sequins,/Squiggles,/Glittering Stars,/Fuzzy Pom-Poms,/and Twisty Yarns." The unseen teacher takes roll and discovers that someone is missing. Glue, having been stuck in traffic, arrives just in the nick of time. Anticipation builds as readers wonder how these parts will come together. Then four pages fold out to show a teacher made of paper cups, pipe cleaners, and a fabric skirt taking a picture of her class. With bodies constructed from clothespins, milk cartons, and balls of yarn, these fanciful students are adorned with Easter grasses, "Odd-shaped Glasses," buttons, strings, and feathers. The spare, rhyming text lightly moves the action along, allowing the illustrations to bring the story to life. The cut-paper artwork is presented on brightly colored spreads, and the dynamic layouts are varied and filled with action. This new twist on picture day will delight youngsters and send them searching for art materials to make a crafty class of their own.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Kirkus Reviews
Button's a little late, but no matter: It catches up to Feathers, String, Rings, Springs, Wheely Things and more, all in place for Picture Day. Someone's missing, though-who? "GLUE!" McDonald's rhythmic, minimalist text leaves lots of room for Tillotson's bright, extravagant collages, which, craft material by craft material, slowly take on the look of art-class projects, with clothespin "bodies," button "eyes" and Easter-grass "hair." Once Glue arrives-"Whew"-it gets to work, and a spectacular double-gatefold reveals the whole class, proudly lined up for their picture. The slowly building whimsy will fascinate young readers, who will pore over every creation and delight in the eclecticism of this cheerily oddball assemblage. A subtle, joyful celebration of non-prescriptive art. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416924340
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald is the author of the Judy Moody books, and is a gifted storyteller for the youngest listener. She lives with her family in Sebastopol, California. Her website is meganmcdonald.net.

Katherine Tillotson is the illustrator of several children’s books. For this story, she cut paper created from a centuries-old technique to make pictures. Visit her at katherinetillotson.com.

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