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Market Day: A Story Told with Folk Art

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Everyone's going to the town square. But this is no ordinary market?it's a feast of folk art from around the world. Whether you're looking for fruits, vegetables, or just an afternoon of fun, this is a shopping trip you don't want to miss!

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On market day, a farm family experiences all the fun and excitement of going to ...

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Overview

Everyone's going to the town square. But this is no ordinary market—it's a feast of folk art from around the world. Whether you're looking for fruits, vegetables, or just an afternoon of fun, this is a shopping trip you don't want to miss!

Includes fun new book-related activities!

On market day, a farm family experiences all the fun and excitement of going to and from the farmers' market.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A vibrant and fascinating picture book . . . Ehlert has created a . . . captivating world within these pages."—Kirkus Reviews
"A festive outing, with a gorgeous assortment of objects in vivid, eye-catching colors."—School Library Journal
[star]"[An] exuberant picture book."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Gay Lynn Van Vleck
A festive outing, with a gorgeous assortment of objects in vivid, eye-catching colors.
School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
HEhlert (Hands) parades her personal collection of folk art, hailing from countries as diverse as Guatemala, Indonesia and Africa, across crisply designed pages in this exuberant picture book about the vendors and shoppers at a bustling open-air market. A brief, rhyming text describes a family's preparations for a day selling their wares at the local market ("Pull up some carrots./ Shake off the dirt./ Pack the tomatoes./ Tuck in your shirt"). Ehlert's arresting artwork gives this book a distinct south-of-the-border spice: she arranges photographs of dolls, animals, fruit and vegetables--hand-crafted from such materials as carved, painted wood, pounded tin and woven, dyed fibers--in bright, busy collages on bold, often quilted backgrounds. Each of the unique objects within a scene inspires a sense of wonderment and invites closer inspection. Via art and story, kids are introduced to some of the intrinsic beauty of exotic places like Colombia, Mexico and Peru. A spectacular, tightly arranged two-page photo-catalogue at book's end entitled "Where did they come from? What are they made of?" will satisfy readers' curiosity about the composition and origins of the featured artifacts. Ehlert has indulged her passion for Latin American lore and culture before, notably in Cuckoo/Cuc and Moon Rope, but readers will surely be glad she has revisited this terrain. Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Publishers Weekly
Ehlert parades her personal collection of folk art, hailing from countries as diverse as Guatemala, Indonesia and Africa, across crisply designed pages in this exuberant picture book. Ages 3-7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
It's Market Day, time for the farm family to do their chores, load the truck, and go to the town square. There is buying and selling, lots to see and do there before they head home. Simple rhymed couplets printed in large type tell the basic tale. Most of the materials used for illustration come from the artist's international collection of "folk" objects. The last two pages give the sources. She has arranged them with a few pieces of her own making into somewhat complex scenes that immediately attract the eyes, then hold them while they study the interaction of the objects. The text just offers the opportunity to demonstrate the diversity and appeal of such objects as clay figures from Mexico, carved wood from Guatemala and Africa, a clay truck from Colombia, etc. The sharp, clear photographs present them most attractively. 2000, Harcourt Brace Inc., Ages 3 to 6, $16.00. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Ever-innovative Ehlert enlists brief, rhyming text and photographed folk art to illustrate the preparation for and journey to market to sell vegetables. Jewel-toned dolls, baskets, flowers, and toys from the Americas, Africa, China, and Indonesia tempt readers to touch the items to try to experience the mix of textures. Young children will be captivated by the rhythm and colors, while older students will be inspired by the glorious array of handmade objects. A concluding picture dictionary of the exhibited folk art identifies each piece by materials and country of origin. A festive outing, with a gorgeous assortment of objects in vivid, eye-catching colors.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Patrick Markee
After her tale is complete, Ehlert provides two richly illustrated index pages that tell us where the individual artworks came from and what they were made of, so readers inspired by a design or a technique can find out more about the cultures that created them. Most important, young readers fed on a steady diet of television and advertising can peer through a window to societies that are vanishing all too quickly in some parts of the world, but whose values of community and fellowship are well worth recalling and preserving.
New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
Once again Ehlert (Top Cat, 1998, etc.) has created a vibrant and fascinating picture book by arranging and photographing pieces of folk art from her collection, this time against backdrops of Guatemalan and Colombian textiles. Carved and painted wooden chickens perch in front of a backdrop of appliquéd chickens, as the family feeds them corn before packing up the produce to take to market. In a whimsically painted clay truck, they go "past the fish and frogs that swim near the bridge / and past the sheep that graze on the ridge." Among others going to market are mice dolls from Indonesia on an African cycle made of discarded metal containers, wire, bike chain, rubber, and plastic. A wooden jaguar passes by with a tomato and later a carrot in its mouth, and a clay possum pulls a cart holding a single papier-mâché turnip. Part of the pleasure of the book is in scrutinizing the ingenious details of the folk art, and the way they've been combined to tell the story. There's an element of childlike play in this, reminiscent of the way children create and act out stories by combining toys of various origins and disparate sizes, and through the power of imagination create a world that is entirely their own. Ehlert has created a similarly captivating world within these pages. A two-paged catalogue of artifacts, their composition, and their origins completes the picture. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152168209
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 429,391
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 50L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

LOIS EHLERT has written and illustrated many award-winning picture books. Traveling from her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she has explored the globe, collecting the textiles and folk and primitive art featured in this book.

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