Louie (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Louie (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Ezra Jack Keats
     
 

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Susie and Roberto are putting on a puppet show and all of their friends have come to see it, including shy Louie. As the show begins, Louie becomes fascinated by the smiling puppet Gussie and shouts "Hello!" in front of a silent audience. After the show, Louie goes home and dreams about Gussie. When he wakes up, he discovers that his friends have left a gift for him.…  See more details below

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Susie and Roberto are putting on a puppet show and all of their friends have come to see it, including shy Louie. As the show begins, Louie becomes fascinated by the smiling puppet Gussie and shouts "Hello!" in front of a silent audience. After the show, Louie goes home and dreams about Gussie. When he wakes up, he discovers that his friends have left a gift for him. This classic Ezra Jack Keats story of love and generosity is as meaningful today as when it was first published more than twenty years ago.

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Children's Literature
This reissue of Keats's 1975 title shows why Keats remains the master of capturing the simplest emotions of childhood in a beautifully recreated inner-city setting. As Susie and Roberto put on a puppet show for the neighborhood kids, Louie, who never speaks, is so fascinated by one of the puppets, a green-faced, red-nosed, clown like puppet in baby clothes, with stubby arms held up to be held, that he disrupts the show by standing up and shouting out to Gussie, "Hello! Hello!" At the end of the show, Louie grabs Gussie for a hug and is persuaded only with difficulty to let go. Finally he heads home, through dark, graffiti-covered streets, to his lonely, bare apartment, where he sits all alone on the uncarpeted floor, dreaming of Gussie and of being mocked by the others for his behavior at the performance. But then he finds that someone—presumably compassionate Susie and Roberto—has left him Gussie as a wonderful present. The spare and simple text allows Keats's luminous and expressive paintings to dominate the telling of the story. Louie's wordless joy as he rushes toward Gussie, with his arms outstretched to the waiting puppet, is heartbreakingly poignant and moving. It is hard not to have a lingering lump in the throat after this one. 2004 (orig. 1975), Puffin, Ages 3 up.
—Claudia Mills

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613977807
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
31
Sales rank:
1,168,230
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Caldecott Medal recipient Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) is the beloved author of more than eighty-five books for children, including Goggles and The Snowy Day.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 11, 1916
Date of Death:
May 6, 1983
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Education:
Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City

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