Jenny and the Grand Old Great-Aunts

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mama and Papa drop their daughter Jenny off at the stately Victorian home of ``the aunts,'' with whom she is spending a Saturday afternoon. It is her first solo visit, and she is uneasy. In the parlor, the adults sit very still, hands folded in their laps: ``Everybody spoke in whispers, and the clock ticked and tocked, and after a very long time it chimed, and after another long time it chimed again.'' The quiet is shattered when Aunt Clare reveals to Jenny the cache of treasures in the attic: dress-up clothes and toys that entertained her father many years before. Rodowsky's ( Julie's Daughter ; The Gathering Room ) hushed prose is as soothing as the soft pastels of Roman's color-pencil and watercolor drawings. Both underscore the contrast between the aunts' somber parlor and the rich diversions of the attic above--two very different places, yet equally untouched by time. This comforting story deftly conveys the strength of the bond that can exist between the old and the young--and suggests that oldsters often have a young spirit, if one knows how to seek it out. Ages 6-9. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Jenny is not very happy about spending an afternoon with her great-aunts. It really seems scary, and what will they do in that big old house? What a surprise, as she and Aunt Abby end up in the attic, dancing to the Victrola and then enjoying a delightful tea downstairs with Aunt Claire.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- One wintry afternoon, while her parents run errands, Jenny is left with her great-aunts Abby and Clare. She dreads the visit, anticipating a long afternoon of dreary boredom in the neat and tidy Victorian atmosphere of their home. Indeed, the day begins on a stifling note, with the young girl sitting and listening to a clock tick in an immaculate parlor. Aunt Abby, becoming aware of Jenny's ennui, takes her up to an attic filled with old games, toys, and clothing. By afternoon's end, the girl has realized the delights of her grand old great-aunts. Nostalgic illustrations in soft colored pencil enhance the quiet simplicity of this appealing cross-generational story. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780027777857
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years

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