Jonathan and His Mommy

Overview

As a mother and son explore their neighborhood, they try various ways of walking--from giant steps and reggae steps to criss cross steps and backwards steps.

As a mother and son explore their neighborhood, they try various ways of walking--from giant steps and reggae steps to criss cross steps and backwards steps.

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Overview

As a mother and son explore their neighborhood, they try various ways of walking--from giant steps and reggae steps to criss cross steps and backwards steps.

As a mother and son explore their neighborhood, they try various ways of walking--from giant steps and reggae steps to criss cross steps and backwards steps.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Far be it from this African American youngster and his mother to saunter down the street just any old way. They first ``zig-zag walk''and then take ``big giant steps and talk in loud giant voices''; sometimes they glide along in ``slow-motion steps,'' discussing ``molasses and birthdays and how long they take.'' This playful ritual shows a tender, affectionate mother-son relationship, made all the more fun by the parent's willingness to join in this original perambulation. Hays's ( Abiyoyo ) soft pastels capture the sights and feeling of urban life as the two pass stores, a park's fountain and graffiti-covered walls, pausing to dance by a building stoop. Smalls-Hector's ( Irene and the Big, Fine Nickel ) lively, melodious language gives a joyful sense of this shared experience; particularly inventive is the manner in which the protagonists' conversational gambits match their gait of the moment. Mothers and offspring alike will delight in the final picture, as down the street these characters meander, appropriately taking ``Jonathan-and-Mommy steps'' toward home. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K-- A young black child and his mother take a walk around their urban neighborhood, turning the trip into a game as they go. Zigzagging, giant-stepping, hip-hopping, racing, and then in slow motion, they wander through the streets and parks. Ballet, crazy crisscross, and reggae finally give way to backward steps to the places they've been until, tired and happy, they take ``Jonathan-and-Mommy steps'' all the way home. The blank-verse text with repetition and rich imagery beautifully creates the sound and rhythm of the commonplace experience. Soft-toned double-page spreads portray an urban panorama that is at once realistic, nonthreatening, and filled with the movement of the imaginative play. The gray cityscape is softened with muted blues, brick reds, and variegated greens, all reflected in the woman's patterned dress and the chalk rainbow drawn by children in the street. The bond between mother and child is evident on every page, making this a great book for one-on-one sharing; the generous visual scope and delightful cadence also make it a wonderful group read-aloud.-- Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316798808
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 348,811
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene Smalls has been a model, an actress, a radio reporter, and a small business owner, but her favorite job is being a children's author. She has written several books for young readers, including Kevin and His Dad, also illustrated by Michael Hays.

Michael Hays has illustrated many picture books, as well as many book jackets for older readers. He has also taught children's book illustration at Columbia College Chicago, and enjoys music and storytelling.

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