Lizzy's Ups and Downs: Not An Ordinary School Day

Lizzy's Ups and Downs: Not An Ordinary School Day

by Jessica Harper, Lindsay Harper Dupont, Lindsay Harper duPont
     
 

How do you feel when:

  • Your socks don't match?
  • You share snacks with your friends?
  • There's a boy like Ray in your class?
  • Your best friend moves away?

The Harper sisters show a school day's ups and downs with verve and warmth. The doings of Lizzy, Ruby, Claire, and Ray will give you lots to

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Overview

How do you feel when:

  • Your socks don't match?
  • You share snacks with your friends?
  • There's a boy like Ray in your class?
  • Your best friend moves away?

The Harper sisters show a school day's ups and downs with verve and warmth. The doings of Lizzy, Ruby, Claire, and Ray will give you lots to talk over — and lots to laugh about too!


About the Author:

Jessica Harper is an actor and singer-songwriter whose CDs of children's music have Won many honors, including the Parents' Choice Gold, Oppenheim Platinum, and NAPPA awards. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two daughters, Nora and Elizabeth.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Exploring emotions, Lizzy's Ups and Downs: Not an Ordinary School Day by Jessica Harper, illus. by Lindsay Harper duPont, is a follow-up to Lizzy's Do's and Don'ts. Here, Lizzy recounts her day to her mother, emphasizing her every emotion: "My new umbrella broke, so I was very irritated!" Lizzy also must contend with an annoying classmate and a friend moving away. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Lizzy's day is not an ordinary one. It is a day for goodbyes as her friend, Claire, has her last day of school with her. Last days should be special, but this day has all sorts of ups and downs. Lizzy reads a poem and everyone applauds her, but then she takes a spelling test and misses a few words. Lunch is fun with Claire and their friend, Ruby, but when Claire leaves that afternoon, everyone is sad. Later, though, Ruby comes over to play Twister and the girls get silly and tumble all around. Lizzy sits on the sofa after Ruby leaves and tells her mother all of the ups and downs of her day and asks if she is the only one that has them. Her mother assures her that she is very typical. The beauty of this book is in the details. Children who come home from school unhappy might like to take a glimpse at Lizzy's day. Everyone has ups and downs but we all survive it. What a nice, sane message to send to children who think a friend leaving or doing poorly on a single test is the end of the world. Putting things in perspective is always helpful. DuPont's simple pictures draw the reader's attention to Lizzy and keep her center stage throughout the story. After all, children Lizzy's age think they are the center of attention! 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 9.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-The irrepressible Lizzy returns in this appealing look at the emotions she experiences during a less-than-perfect day. Arriving home from school, she settles down on the couch with her understanding mother and gives her the blow by blow, beginning with how she woke up late, wore mismatched socks, got four answers wrong on her spelling test, and had to say good-bye to her best friend. Lizzy also talks about how she practiced addition using jelly beans, learned a song in science, and played Twister with a friend. As she relates each experience in rhyming prose, the emotion linked to that moment is highlighted in capital letters (e.g., "FRUSTRATED," "EMBARRASSED," "JEALOUS," and "SILLY"). Now, cuddled up with her mother, she feels "FINE!" The softly colored illustrations feature charming details that draw readers in and bring Lizzy's classroom to life. Shown with short pigtails and an expressive, rosy-cheeked face, the child is adorable. The warm and loving relationship between mother and daughter is apparent in both the text and pictures. Children will enjoy sharing this book with their parents at bedtime as they talk over their feelings about what happened during their own busy day.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
With wry good humor, Lizzy recounts the activities of her day to her mother. Although an unusual event occurs at the core of Lizzy's day-her best friend moves away-Lizzy's trials and tribulations will be comically familiar to readers. Waking up late, wearing unmatched socks, waiting in the rain for the school bus, dealing with the class clown, spelling tests, and the like are the minutiae that make up a grade-schooler's life. Harper neatly captures the exasperation and exaggerated nuances of a precocious young girl's speech. With Lizzy's tone on target, Harper also keeps the tale perking along nicely with rhyming couplets setting a lively pace. Rather than extraordinary, Lizzy's tale is comfortingly familiar, reminding readers that everyone has their ups and downs. DuPont's illustrations, rendered in an array of bright hues, energetically mirror the tenor of the tale, capturing readers' attention. Her ever-expressive drawings of Lizzy artfully convey her spunk and charm. Harper's droll tale is the perfect antidote to school-day blues and a great follow-up to Lizzie's Do's and Don'ts (2002). (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060520632
Publisher:
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:
05/25/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 11.56(h) x 0.23(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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