June 29, 1999 (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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The lively imagination of Caldecott medalist David Wiesner forecasts astounding goings-on for a Tuesday in the not too distant future -- an occurrence of gigantic vegetal proportions.

While her third-grade classmates are sprouting seeds in paper cups, Holly has a more ambitious, innovative science project in mind.

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Overview


The lively imagination of Caldecott medalist David Wiesner forecasts astounding goings-on for a Tuesday in the not too distant future -- an occurrence of gigantic vegetal proportions.

While her third-grade classmates are sprouting seeds in paper cups, Holly has a more ambitious, innovative science project in mind.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW's boxed review found this quirky picture book from the Caldecott Medalist ``spectacular to look at, great fun to read [and] executed with consumate skill.'' Ages 5-up. (Sept.)
From The Critics
"These witty, wonderfully imaginative pictures reward closer study. Hurray for Wiesner, and his grand sense of humor."
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- As in the mysterious goings-on of that particular Tuesday (Clarion, 1991) not long ago, Wiesner again takes off on a flight of fantasy, this time set in the not-too-distant future. This sci-fi adventure begins with Holly Evans, a visionary third grader who launches some seedlings into the ionosphere as part of a science experiment. And so the fun begins. Cabbages fill the sky in one part of the country, turnips in another. ``Lima beans loom over Levittown.'' ``Parsnips pass by Providence.'' Yankee ingenuity reigns supreme as the mammoth veggies are put to some rather creative uses. Of course, there's an extraterrestial twist to this healthful tale and the true fate of Holly's project is at last revealed. The exquisite watercolors are truly out of this world. The three-quarter page paintings utilize unusual perspective and are filled with clever detail. The photorealistic quality of the figures and background vistas only underscores the absurdity of the gigantic airborne produce and accentuates the deadpan humor. By all accounts, June 29, 1999 is a date to remember. --Luann Toth, School Library Journal
Stephanie Zvirin
. Reality and fantasy humorously collide in Wiesner's newest picture book, which, like "Tuesday" , has us looking skyward for unusual flying objects. But this time, Wiesner supplies a narrative that leaves a little less to the imagination. Intending to "study the effect of extraterrestrial conditions on vegetable growth," budding botanist Holly Evans attaches small container gardens to orange balloons and launches the weird contraptions into the heavens on May 11, 1999. The results exceed her wildest dreams: on June 29, giant vegetables float to earth--"cucumbers circle Kalamazoo; parsnips pass by Providence." Obviously, there's something amiss. But what? Wiesner relies on understatement in the illustrations to convey most of the humor. Generous enough in size to make the book good for use with small groups, his watercolors spread luxuriously across pages, using marvelous aerial perspectives and close-ups to evoke a 1999 classroom and community remarkably like today's. The laugh-out-loud surprise comes at the close, when tentacled aliens bemoan the vegetarian feast they've accidentally jettisoned to earth. The final joke is a little obscure, and Wiesner's dry wit and calculated pictorial references (to the tabloid "Star" and to Ronco, a name probably known only to kitchen gadget lovers) will be lost on lots of kids. But what child can resist so bizarre a notion as waking up to find broccoli in the backyard and space aliens in the sky, especially when the images are delivered with such glee and in such glorious "photographic" detail.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613067454
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wiesner

David Wiesner's interest in visual storytelling dates back to high school days when he made silent movies and drew wordless comic books. Born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. While a student, he created a painting nine feet long, which he now recognizes as the genesis of Free Fall, his first book of his own authorship, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1989. David won his first Caldecott Medal in 1992 for Tuesday, and he has gone on to win twice more: in 2002 for The Three Pigs and in 2007 for Flotsam. He is only the second person in the award's history to win the Caldecott Medal three times. David and his wife, Kim Kahng, and their two children live near Philadelphia, where he devotes full time to illustration and she pursues her career as a surgeon.

Biography

David Wiesner's interest in visual storytelling dates back to high school days when he made silent movies and drew wordless comic books. Born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. While a student, he created a painting nine feet long, which he now recognizes as the genesis of Free Fall, his first book of his own authorship, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1989.

David won his first Caldecott Medal in 1992 for Tuesday, and has gone on to win twice more: in 2002 for The Three Pigs and in 2007 for Flotsam. In addition writing and illustrating his own picture books, he has illustrated stories for many other children's authors.

Good To Know

  • At a young age, he created wordless comic books such as Slop the Wonder Pig and silent movies like his kung-fu vampire film The Saga of Butcula.

  • As an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design, he met two mentors: Tom Sgouros and David Macaulay who taught him the fundamentals of illustration and fostered his creative imagination. He dedicated Tuesday to Sgouros and The Three Pigs to Macaulay.

  • Wiesner is a three-time Caldecott winner and only the second person in the award's long history to claim that distinction.
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      1. Hometown:
        Outside Philadelphia, P.A.
      1. Date of Birth:
        February 5, 1956
      2. Place of Birth:
        Bridgewater, NJ
      1. Education:
        Rhode Island School of Design -- BFA in Illustration.
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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 4, 2005

      June 29, 1999

      The children¿s book, June 29, 1999, begins with Holly Evens launching vegetable seeds into the sky as part of her science project. Her goal for her experiment is to find better growing conditions in the upper atmosphere, so the vegetables will grow to an abnormal size. Suddenly people begin seeing huge vegetables falling from the sky. Vegetables then became a very big business around the country. Everyone assumes this is due to Holly¿s experiment, except for Holly. She realizes that the Vegetables are not from her seeds, where are they coming from? Read this book and find out the rather unpredictable ending. The illustrations rate a seven on a scale of one to ten. Parents should know that the length of this story may intimidate younger readers. In my reading of, June 29 1999, it is suitable for children seven years old and older.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 9, 2000

      Excellent

      This book is an excellent story. It was read to my Preschool class and they loved the illustrations as well as the story. It also opened up a great discussion afterwards.

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