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Jumping Day
     

Jumping Day

by Barbara Esbensen, Maryann Cocca-Leffler (Illustrator)
 

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Jumping, running, skipping, and hopping all come naturally to most children, and in this joyful, simple text, Barbara Juster Esbensen celebrates the pleasures of jumping through the day—starting with the moment a child hops out of bed in the morning. A frog, a butterfly, raindrops, puddles, pillows, and chairs all provide new occasions for jumping as a little

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Jumping, running, skipping, and hopping all come naturally to most children, and in this joyful, simple text, Barbara Juster Esbensen celebrates the pleasures of jumping through the day—starting with the moment a child hops out of bed in the morning. A frog, a butterfly, raindrops, puddles, pillows, and chairs all provide new occasions for jumping as a little girl has breakfast, goes to school, and comes home to play. Maryann Cocca-Leffler uses rich, vibrant color in her illustrations and a glowing warmth of expression in her portrayal of a child and her mother as they share this exuberant day.

Editorial Reviews

Susan Schmidt
A young girl jumps her way through the day, stopping long enough to appreciate those things a cat, a frog, raindrops jumping around her. The mixed-media illustrations rely heavily on the smooth, vivid tones of pastels and the fluid curved lines of both text and picture composition to convey this energietic romp in rhyme.
The Horn Book Guide
Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
An exuberant book about people and things that jump all day long. Jump out of bed, into your clothes, over "mountains" of chairs! Watch a frog jump into a pond and lightning jump across the sky! After a busy day, jump into your bath and then jump into bed. What a happy, bright-colored day! The acrylic, pastel and colored pencil illustrations will knock your socks off and beg to be a favorite treat.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Resplendent in her purple leotards with pink flowers and red rubber boots, a little girl jumps all the way to school, up the stairs, under the spray of the water fountain, over chairs, and down a mountain of pillows. Esbensen captures the energy and delight of a child at play with clear, rhythmic verses. Lovely images such as "Lightning/jumps over the land/and lights up/the fort in my tree" reflect how youngsters relate to the natural world. The text encourages participation: "Raindrops/jump into my hand./SPLASH!/How many drops do we see?" Equally inviting are Cocca-Leffler's brilliant acrylic, pastel, and colored-pencil paintings that vibrate with color and also reflect a child's perspective. An excellent addition to storytime collections that will leave listeners jumping for joy.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563978531
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Juster Esbensen was the 1994 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her books include Who Shrank My Grandmother's House? and Words with Wrinkled Knees.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler is the author and illustrator of Bus Route to Boston and Clams All Year. She lives in Amherst, New Hampshire.

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