Marvelous Market on Mermaid

Marvelous Market on Mermaid

by Laura Krauss Melmed, Maryann Kovalski
     
 

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This is the yellow bird who sings each time the doorbell ting-a-lings when someone opens up the door- the sky blue door on Grandma's store, the Marvelous Market on Mermaid.

And a marvelous market it is indeed, with all the hustle and bustle of an old-fashioned corner store, the cozy warmth and goodwill of a store-keeping grandma, and the hilarious pandemonium of a

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This is the yellow bird who sings each time the doorbell ting-a-lings when someone opens up the door- the sky blue door on Grandma's store, the Marvelous Market on Mermaid.

And a marvelous market it is indeed, with all the hustle and bustle of an old-fashioned corner store, the cozy warmth and goodwill of a store-keeping grandma, and the hilarious pandemonium of a cat and mouse chase. Laura Krauss Melmed's spirited verse begs to be read aloud, and Maryann Kovalski's illustrations shine with the fun of this rollicking tale.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Melmed's (The Rainbabies) verse is rich and right on target in this nostalgic, big-hearted cumulative tale. Borrowing the meter of "The House That Jack Built," she walks the reader straight into Grandma's well-ordered store: "This is the bell that ting-a-lings,/ when someone opens up the door-/ the sky blue door on Grandma's store,/ the Marvelous Market on Mermaid." The neatly constructed verses erupt in a scene of marketplace mayhem, complete with a classic cat and mouse chase and a deserving stranger who gets a much-needed job with Grandma. Kids will enjoy the varying volume here, from the reasonably quiet opening to the boisterous "eeeeeks" and "stre-e-eaks" of the chase scene. Kovalski (The Wheels on the Bus) peoples the story with stout, folksy characters la Margot Zemach. Setting the time in some bygone era when potatoes cost 10 cents a pound, she contributes pickle barrels, wicker baby carriages and other props that invite the reader's attention. Repeat visits to this market are surely in store. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The Market is an old fashioned store where the bell rings when the door is opened. Grandma and her granddaughter tend the customers, coo over babies, and serve bread and cheese to a hungry man. The story's cumulative verse is suddenly interrupted by the appearance of a cat that chases a mouse, resulting in pandemonium. The hungry man graciously offers to sweep up, and Grandma soon offers him a permanent job. Kovalski has nicely illustrated a delightful peek into days long past. Her pencil and watercolor artwork fills every page. We really get a good look at Mermaid Street and Grandma's Marvelous Market on the opening spread.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-KThis cumulative story features an old-fashioned corner store and a door, a bird, a cat, a mouse, and a broom...well, you get the idea. The store is filled with barrels and crates of produce, and with a grandmother proprietor in an apron and customers in suspenders and shawls. The rhyming text is simple and full of action. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are detailed, yet sketchy enough to convey movement. The culmination of the talemerchandise falling as the cat chases the mousewill please youngsters as everyone pitches incumulativelyto clean up.Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY

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ISBN-13:
9780688130541
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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