Just-Right, Perfect Present

Just-Right, Perfect Present

by Frances Kennedy, Sheila Aldridge
     
 
Grandpapa Philp believes that family is all the entertainment he needs. So at the Philp family reunion, he sets up a bit of healthy competition: Which grandchild will memorize and recite a poem for Grandmama at their Golden Anniversary party? Cousin John takes winning for granted, but Donna Delle has a secret weapon in her sisters and brother. Once again, Kennedy

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Grandpapa Philp believes that family is all the entertainment he needs. So at the Philp family reunion, he sets up a bit of healthy competition: Which grandchild will memorize and recite a poem for Grandmama at their Golden Anniversary party? Cousin John takes winning for granted, but Donna Delle has a secret weapon in her sisters and brother. Once again, Kennedy and Aldridge welcome readers into the Philp family album through an author's note and archival photos.

 Poetry, perseverance, and pride take center stage in a new true story about Donna Delle and the family Philp. THE PICKLE PATCH BATHTUB introduced readers to the Philp family and was chosen as the 2006 book of the year by Iowa Stories 2000. Includes complete text of the poems "The Owl and the Pussycat" and "The Planting of the Apple Tree." Models supportive sibling relationships and the joys of poetry. Creative way to celebrate Arbor Day.Reviews"By inheriting her mother's love of poetry and introducing it to a new generation, Kennedy proves the apple doesn'­t fall far from the tree."-Publishers Weekly

 

 

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-5 The Philp family reunion is taking place in the apple orchard where Donna Delle's Grandpapa had planted the first tree on the day he and Grandmama were married and he added another to mark the arrival of each new family member. He invites everyone to return in the fall to celebrate their 50th anniversary, requesting that a grandchild recite a verse to commemorate the occasion. Donna sets to work learning "The Owl and the Pussycat," only to find that cousin John has already memorized it. With time running out, Donna's siblings search for the perfect poem, and even take on her chores to give her time to learn it. At the party, Donna recites all nine stanzas of William Cullen Bryant's "The Planting of the Apple-Tree," changing the last few lines to personalize them for her grandparents. The old-fashioned folksy paintings and hay-colored tones reinforce the book's gentle mood and recall a bygone time when family gatherings were precious and simple gifts were far more important than store-bought ones. Bryant's poem, which is appended, may be a bit difficult for children to read alone, but offers an opportunity for sharing aloud with an adult.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

Kirkus Reviews
The folks from The Pickle Patch Bathtub (2004) are back for another reunion at Grandpapa and Grandmama's. As people pack up to go home, Grandpapa announces that he and Grandmama will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary when the apple orchard (that they had planted) is ripe with fruit. He requests that one of his grandchildren recite a poem for Grandmama that will make him proud. Donna's sure it will be her, but the hard part is choosing the right poem. She settles on "The Owl and the Pussycat" and practices everywhere she goes. But her boastful cousin, John picks the same poem. In a pickle, Donna searches for another poem and finds it. At the anniversary party, John recites the Lear rhyme, but it's Donna's recitation of "The Planting of the Apple Tree" by William Cullen Bryant that is the "just-right, perfect present." Rich in lemon/lime undertones, the oil/acrylic collages match the old-fashioned, folksy feeling of the text. An engaging peek at family life in earlier days when grandkids begged to gather eggs and poetry was as good a gift as a ribbon-tied package. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582461991
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/01/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.06(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

SHEILA ALDRIDGE has illustrated four books, including The Pickle Patch Bathtub. She lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband.

Donna Delle's daughter, author FRANCES KENNEDY, lives in Dubuque, Iowa, with her husband and within driving distance of many of her own grandchildren. This is her second children's book.

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