The Milkman

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Overview

Musical verse accompanies a milkman and his cranky kitty as they make their morning rounds. the milkman knows his hometown: He knows who needs ice cream for a birthday party, who just broke a leg, and who has a new baby. He even helps return a lost dog that's hiding along his route. this pitch-perfect, retro read-aloud's gentle sensibility is ideally matched with beautiful art that powerfully evokes an era of classic illustration.

In the early, early morning, the ...

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Overview

Musical verse accompanies a milkman and his cranky kitty as they make their morning rounds. the milkman knows his hometown: He knows who needs ice cream for a birthday party, who just broke a leg, and who has a new baby. He even helps return a lost dog that's hiding along his route. this pitch-perfect, retro read-aloud's gentle sensibility is ideally matched with beautiful art that powerfully evokes an era of classic illustration.

In the early, early morning, the milkman makes his rounds, helping his neighbors in a variety of ways.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A milkman gets up at 3:30 AM (check the clock), eats breakfast, and sets out with his trusty cat to deliver the milk. When he is finished, he has noticed all sorts of early morning animals as well as a supposedly lost dog, which he returns, and the subtle clues to changes in the neighborhood. In addition, he has delivered plenty of milk and milk products before he returns to his family at 7:30 AM. The illustrations resemble those of classic illustrators of the thirties, forties, and fifties, with furred black lines, rounded shapes, and pleasant people in cozy neighborhoods, but Jones has done and outstanding job with the colors of the changing night to dawn and the sunrise positively warms the viewer's eye. In addition, it is a hymn to doing the job you love to do, the joys of early mornings, and the companionship of a trusty cat. Kids will love spotting the errant dog, seeing what the cat is doing, and noting what a milkman actually did eons ago when grandma (or great-grandma!) was a kid. 2005, Dutton, Ages 2 to 5.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A charming book that harks back to the era of milk home delivery. Mr. Plimpton rolls out of bed at 3:30 A. M. and is off with his cat to deliver the dairy products before the sun rises in this prairie town. Many pages feature missing-dog posters from Caroline, but astute readers will notice that the dog is not missing at all, but lurks in many pictures as the milkman makes his rounds. Cordsen doesn't waste a word in the punchy rhyming phrases that are gently packed with observation and detail: "First of morning, cold and dark./Rooster crowing. Meadowlark./Moon above the mountaintops./Loud alarm clock. Snoring stops." Jones's cheerful pictures pay homage to classic illustrators such as Lois Lenski and Robert McCloskey, who used soft lines and shading to such narrative advantage. Warm colors evoke the serenity of deep-blue, early-morning hours and gradually lighten to the pinks and oranges of dawn as the milkman finishes his route, captures and returns the lost dog to young Caroline, and joins his family at 7:30. This highly re-readable book reminds children of the joy of doing a job one loves and the delights of the early-morning hours. It may also invite them to reminisce with their great-grandparents about "the olden days" and what other community jobs have vanished from the current scene.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Milkman jacket. Milkman hat. / Cranky pickup. Cranky cat." "Milk truck waiting. Loading fast. / Ice cream. Milk. Eggs. Cat in last." In staccato rhyme, this retro-art-styled story follows the milkman as he makes his morning rounds and helps neighbors. Visual clues create continuity and extend the concise rhyme, threading together one neighbor to the next: ice cream for a birthday party, toy for a new baby, finding a lost dog. The illustrations blend the charm of Robert McCloskey's use of line, the humor of Archie comics and the whimsy of Bill Keane's Family Circus. Background colors lighten from nighttime blue to pre-dawn grey to sun-washed orange, illuminating the scenes. Kids will be amazed at the old-fashioned way of milk delivery and cream in glass bottles, while parents and adults will be amused by this snapshot of another time. A glowing tribute to community and a delightful taste of Americana, delivered with style and a smile. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756981488
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Foskett Cordsen lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. Douglas B. Jones lives in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.
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  • Posted December 5, 2008

    Wonderful book for babies and toddlers

    This books brings to mind small, Midwestern towns where everyone know each other. The book is more poem than narrative and illustrations are beautiful and engaging (my 2 yr old loves to spot the hiding lost dog in the pages). It's a great bedtime book that my kids love to hear over and over.

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