Market!

Market!

by Ted Lewin
     
 

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Lewin takes readers on a whirlwind trip around the globe to marvel at the range of goods available for sale in the world's markets. Woolen sweaters and ponchos in Ecuador; wood carvings, flutes, garlic and ginger in Nepal; Irish horses; Ugandan cows, bananas, and limes; fish in New York City; and dates, pottery, and donkeys in Morocco are just a few of the products

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Lewin takes readers on a whirlwind trip around the globe to marvel at the range of goods available for sale in the world's markets. Woolen sweaters and ponchos in Ecuador; wood carvings, flutes, garlic and ginger in Nepal; Irish horses; Ugandan cows, bananas, and limes; fish in New York City; and dates, pottery, and donkeys in Morocco are just a few of the products depicted in the luminous watercolor paintings.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Vivid colors and fine details provided in the watercolor illustrations bring this book alive. We are transported to various markets throughout the world to discover some of the wonders to be found there. The text and pictures tell a captivating and convincing story of local culture. By the end of the book, I was hoping there was more to feast on-I didn't want it to end.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Ted Lewin takes us on a world tour of markets from Ecuador, Nepal, Ireland, Uganda, New York, and Morocco. Flip the page and you are transported to another exotic locale. The temples and mountains of Nepal distinguish it from the lush greens of County Galway. The grays and browns of the market in Uganda are quite different from the bright colors and distinctive hats of the Ecuadoreans. This is a visual book make spectacular by Lewin's paintings. This is a must for social studies units.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1Lewin takes readers on a whirlwind trip around the globe to marvel at the range of goods available for sale in the world's markets. Woolen sweaters and ponchos in Ecuador; wood carvings, flutes, garlic, and ginger in Nepal; Irish horses; Ugandan cows, bananas, and limes; fish in New York City; and dates, pottery, and donkeys in Morocco are just a few of the products depicted in the luminous watercolor paintings. In many pictures, the artist captures people on the move and at work. They filet fish, load boxes, haggle over prices, or create tempting displays of their wares. On other pages, vendors address viewers directly with inviting looks or a tired resignation that comes from hours of sitting in a hot stall. The uniqueness of each setting is vividly conveyed, whether it is a dusty roadside, a busy city street, or the horses on the long stone steps of a church in Ireland. The brightly colored clothing worn by the people in Ecuador contrasts with the light desert attire found in Morocco. Children will discover that buying and selling in a marketplace is not like a typical trip to the grocery store. The book is enjoyable and informative on its own, but it's also an appealing introduction to studying the countries included.Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
Susan Dove Lempke
In paintings so vivid you can almost smell the market scents, Lewin takes us on a tour of marketplaces the world round. The six markets depicted show a wide array of people, goods, and settings--from colorful foods, llama wool, and tools in a market in Ecuador to pictures, almost grim by comparison, of a market in Uganda where cows are slaughtered ("All that's left at this crossroad are empty sheds and blood-stained palm leaves" ). The text sometimes veers between cataloglike listings and strained poetic similes ("as colorful as lacquered Russian boxes" ), but the watercolors capture the scenes from Lewin's travels with both photographic accuracy and an artist's loving interpretation.
Kirkus Reviews
Lewin (Sacred River, 1995, etc.) expertly plies pen and brush in a rousing invitation to six far-flung marketplaces where vibrant color and lively haggling replace mass production and spurious supermarket specials.

From the scintillating text that accompanies realistic watercolors, readers absorb much factual data, learning how the descendants of the Incas get and sell their onions and bitter potatoes, their sheep and llama wool, their bowls and knives and rope and spices in the market in Saquisill near Ambato, Ecuador; the look of the temples and serenely white mountains that edge the bustle in Durbar Square in Patan near Katmandu, Nepal; the sound of the "quick, lean trotters and heavy piebald beauties" that arrive at the horse market of Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland; the meat slaughter at the sunny market in Uganda near Kabalega Falls and the fish-gutting at the Fulton Fish Market in New York City; the buzz of happy negotiation at the market in Rissani near Morocco's Erfoud. Lewin's prodigious talent is to make readers feel that they've been there—better yet, that they must go there. What journeys he'll inspire!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688121617
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ted Lewin grew up in an old frame house in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, a chimpanzee, and an assortment of more conventional pets. The lion was given to his older brother, Don, while he was traveling as a professional wrestler, and he shipped it home. The family kept Sheba in the basement fruit cellar until Don returned and their mother convinced him to give it to the Buffalo zoo.

Ted always knew he wanted to be an illustrator. As a child he copied the work of illustrators and painters he admired, including N. C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Velázquez, and Goya. When it came time to go to art school (Pratt), he needed to earn money to finance his education. So, following in his brother’s footsteps, he took a summer job as a wrestler — the beginning of a 15-year part-time career that eventually inspired his autobiographical book I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler. Ted’s career as an artist began with illustrations for adventure magazines, and it’s only over the last several years that he has devoted his time to writing and illustrating children’s books. "I’m having more fun doing this than anything I’ve ever done before," he says. He is an avid traveler, and many of his books are inspired by trips to such places as the Amazon River, the Sahara Desert, Botswana, Egypt, Lapland, and India. His Market!, published in 1996, showcases markets around the world, from Uganda to Ireland to Ecuador.

Touch and Go is a collection of stories about the adventures Ted had while researching his books. Gorilla Walk is his first collaboration with his wife, Betsy, and is about their trek to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda. They’ve just completed their second collaboration, Elephant Quest, set in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Ted’s current project is about a Civil War drummer boy.

Ted and Betsy live in Brooklyn, New York, where they share their home with two cats, Slick and Chopper.

Ted Lewin grew up in an old frame house in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, a chimpanzee, and an assortment of more conventional pets. The lion was given to his older brother, Don, while he was traveling as a professional wrestler, and he shipped it home. The family kept Sheba in the basement fruit cellar until Don returned and their mother convinced him to give it to the Buffalo zoo.

Ted always knew he wanted to be an illustrator. As a child he copied the work of illustrators and painters he admired, including N. C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Velázquez, and Goya. When it came time to go to art school (Pratt), he needed to earn money to finance his education. So, following in his brother’s footsteps, he took a summer job as a wrestler — the beginning of a 15-year part-time career that eventually inspired his autobiographical book I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler. Ted’s career as an artist began with illustrations for adventure magazines, and it’s only over the last several years that he has devoted his time to writing and illustrating children’s books. "I’m having more fun doing this than anything I’ve ever done before," he says. He is an avid traveler, and many of his books are inspired by trips to such places as the Amazon River, the Sahara Desert, Botswana, Egypt, Lapland, and India. His Market!, published in 1996, showcases markets around the world, from Uganda to Ireland to Ecuador.

Touch and Go is a collection of stories about the adventures Ted had while researching his books. Gorilla Walk is his first collaboration with his wife, Betsy, and is about their trek to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda. They’ve just completed their second collaboration, Elephant Quest, set in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Ted’s current project is about a Civil War drummer boy.

Ted and Betsy live in Brooklyn, New York, where they share their home with two cats, Slick and Chopper.

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