Mayfly

Mayfly

by Marthe Jocelyn
     
 

School is over! Hurry, pack up all your summer clothes (don’t forget your bathing suit!), load everything into the car, and find a spot in the backseat. Summer is about to begin.

The siblings in Marthe Jocelyn’s new picture book can’t wait to get to the cottage. The smell of pine needles, the first swim off the dock, playing summer games, and

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Overview

School is over! Hurry, pack up all your summer clothes (don’t forget your bathing suit!), load everything into the car, and find a spot in the backseat. Summer is about to begin.

The siblings in Marthe Jocelyn’s new picture book can’t wait to get to the cottage. The smell of pine needles, the first swim off the dock, playing summer games, and greeting their old friend, the rowboat Mayfly, are among the summer fun that young readers will identify with.

Delightfully illustrated with Jocelyn’s signature collages, Mayfly captures the incomparable excitement of the beginning of summer vacation and those seemingly endless days that follow, which children (and grown-ups) look forward to all year round.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Jocelyn has become well-known for her collage-style picture books, and this new addition lives up to Jocelyn's past creativity, from the texturing of the towels used at the beach to the dimensionality of trees, buildings and bugs caught in cans with holes punched in the tin tops. Readers could easily just focus on the pictures and be inspired to create their own stories. I found the actual story—one that follows a family from the end of the school year through their summer in the country—and its corresponding text a bit less enticing, simply because Jocelyn relies, for the most part, on short phrases rather than complete sentences to tell her story. While the choppy phrasing may help further the sense of action or movement, I found the text wanting. Additional readings made me realize that the text lacked a rhythm to move with the pictures, and while some readers may not be bothered by this, it was problematic for this reviewer. That said, this book will certainly remind young readers of the joys of the summer. 2004, Tundra Books, Ages 4 to 8.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-The joys of revisiting a special place are delightfully explored in this simple story. It's the end of the school year and a mother, three children, and their dog prepare to leave their apartment in a busy city for the family cottage. "Good-bye to streets and stores and buses. Good-bye to so many windows. Hello to summer." Packing the same things, stopping at the same restaurant for lunch, opening up the cabin, and unpacking the car are all a part of the ritual. The family revels in familiar outdoor activities like swimming, rocking in a hammock, rowing in the Mayfly, picking blueberries, climbing trees, cooking out, etc. As autumn approaches, it's time to "Sit for a last while on the dock. Listen to the crickets, hear the water lapping.- Say good-bye to summer" and then head back home for new shoes and a new school year. Jocelyn uses paper, fabric, fringe, and cord to create interesting multidimensional collages that capture the exuberance of the narrative.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887766763
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
03/09/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.24(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. Her second picture book, Hannah’s Collections, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award for illustration. She has created four picture books using cloth and paper collages, and has written five novels for older readers, including Mable Riley, which will also release this Spring. Marthe Jocelyn lives in New York City and Stratford, Ontario with her artist husband, Tom Slaughter, and their daughters.

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