It's Picture Day Today!by Megan McDonald, Katherine Tillotson
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… See more details below
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.
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
- Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
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- 10.80(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
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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