Memorial Day Surprise

Memorial Day Surprise

by Theresa Golding, Alexandra Artigas
     
 

It's Memorial Day and Marco and Mama are going to see the parade. On their way, they pass Marco's grandfather's house. They usually stop to see Grandfather, but today Mama is in a rush because she has promised Marco a surprise. Marco can't imagine what the surprise might be. Could it be the marching band? The fire engines? The candy tossed to the crowd by a woman

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It's Memorial Day and Marco and Mama are going to see the parade. On their way, they pass Marco's grandfather's house. They usually stop to see Grandfather, but today Mama is in a rush because she has promised Marco a surprise. Marco can't imagine what the surprise might be. Could it be the marching band? The fire engines? The candy tossed to the crowd by a woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty? Mama promises that it will be a better surprise than candy. As the parade goes by, Marco wishes his grandfather were with him to enjoy it. Then, marching down the street, come the veterans, wearing uniforms and shiny medals. But look! Who is that leading them? Marco never imagined the kind of surprise in store for him.

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Children's Literature
Marco and his mother are heading off to see the Memorial Day parade. They are in such a rush that they do not even stop to see Marco's grandfather, which he thought was most unusual. Mama has told him that there will be a really big surprise for him. As they get to the street and Marco sees his best friend, he asks if that is the surprise, but it isn't. Is it the bands playing or meeting a real firefighter or the candy that was throw at the crowd? No, none of these things are the really big surprise. Suddenly the crowd starts to clap and Marco sees the men and women in uniform marching down the street. Up at the head of the group in his wheelchair was Marco's grandfather in his army uniform and with medals across his chest. Marco is thrilled and shares the candy he saved with his wonderful grandfather. This is a book that brings the meaning of Memorial Day to a level that kids can understand without getting into the issues relating to wars and their causes. 2004, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 3 to 8.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In this colorful picture book, a mother and son attend a Memorial Day Parade in an urban setting. Mama promises Marco that there will be "a very big surprise," creating a tone of anticipation. The excitement builds as they join the others lined up along the avenue. The author vividly describes the atmosphere of the celebration, and the boy guesses that each parade participant-from a marching band to firefighters on their truck-is the secret. His mother's response is always that the real surprise is even more special. Suddenly there is applause, and Marco sees his beloved Abuelo being pushed in his wheelchair at the front of a group of marching veterans. The boy then proudly says, "My grandfather is a hero." Artigas's bright illustrations feature enthusiastic characters with broad smiles. The paintings are filled with energy as American flags are waved, children ride bicycles with red and blue handlebar tassels, and balloons float through the air. This book depicts people from different ethnic backgrounds coming together to honor our American veterans. Marco's experience and his feelings of pride about his grandfather add a personal touch to understanding the holiday, and will launch discussions about relatives who have served their country in various ways.-Deborah Rothaug, Pasadena Elementary School, Plainview, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781590780480
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.26(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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