Lively Elizabeth!: What Happens When You Push

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Elizabeth, Elizabeth, that lively girl Elizabeth would kick and stomp and tease and shout, would point and laugh and run about. And do some things she shouldn't do, like hide, then jump out yelling... "BOO!"

Lively Elizabeth lives up to her name - in fact, she's a bit of a handful! She doesn't mean to hurt anyone, but one day at school she finds out that one little push can lead to BIG problems!

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Overview


Elizabeth, Elizabeth, that lively girl Elizabeth would kick and stomp and tease and shout, would point and laugh and run about. And do some things she shouldn't do, like hide, then jump out yelling... "BOO!"

Lively Elizabeth lives up to her name - in fact, she's a bit of a handful! She doesn't mean to hurt anyone, but one day at school she finds out that one little push can lead to BIG problems!

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Elizabeth, a rambunctious child about four or five years old, is always on the move. She kicks and stomps and shouts and runs about. She hides behind doors and jumps out yelling, "Boo!" But even Elizabeth knows there is one thing, she should never do—push the person ahead of her in line. One day, she does just that and her classmates fall like dominos knocking down books and shelves and classroom supplies along the way. Once the crashing and banging is over, the other children quickly determine the cause of the chaos. Elizabeth admits her mistake and contritely says, "Sorry!" Her classmates graciously accept her apology and they all run outside to play. No teacher or adult appears, but the setting seems to be a kindergarten classroom with students engaged in a Halloween party. All of the children are in costumes. Elizabeth is wearing a tutu over shorts and a pinafore. Goggles rest on the big striped hat on her head. Some of the other children are dressed like a nurse, a sailor, and a super hero. They all have distinctive characteristics and personalities. An orange-colored cat jumps through the pages and contributes to the fun. A good discussion starter for story times. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—When lively Elizabeth pushes Joe Fitzhugh at school, she sets off a domino effect with falling children and broken toys in its wake. In the aftermath, as the children sort themselves out, the blame eventually falls to Elizabeth. Joe shouts at her, "What have you done? You pushed me and hurt everyone!" Luckily for her, Joe and her classmates (there are no adults in evidence) accept her sincere apology, and they all head outside to play with no further incident. The text is placed in and around the illustrations for maximum effect as it describes in detail who falls into whom and the ensuing damage. Thomas's illustrations make the whole thing work. The action is clear, as are the consequences of that ill-fated push. The myriad children wear wacky costumes, have expressive faces, and are awash in detail that makes multiple readings a joy.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews
Elizabeth is more than lively; she's a very noisy whirling dervish. One day at nursery school she pushes Joe. He knocks the child in front of him and thus begins a chain reaction that involves all the children in the class. Each one blames the one behind until they realize that Elizabeth started it all. She is contrite, apologizes sincerely and all is well in this very slight cautionary tale. Bergman describes the action with sharp imagery that is beautifully complemented by Thomas's bright, spirited illustrations that race across the pages. The children are dressed in a wild variety of costumes and accessories that are flung about and make a resounding, booming noise as they come crashing down. Both the text and artwork capture the chaos vividly. Young readers will delight in details like untied shoes, silly headgear and the classroom frog on the loose. Parents and teachers will find it a great candidate for reading aloud, for it tickles the funny bone while providing a gentle lesson on safety. A sweet charmer. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807547021
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 704,245
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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