My Backpack

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When Grandma sends her grandson a backpack, he can't wait to fill it with interesting things. His toy train fits just right. His bock and his big brother's baseball socks fit perfectly, too. And there's still room for more, including his teddy bear, his mother's keys, and the family cat! It's amazing what you can fit in a backpack if you really try. Eve Bunting's lively, rhyming picture book is perfect for reading aloud and is happily illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. ...
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Overview


When Grandma sends her grandson a backpack, he can't wait to fill it with interesting things. His toy train fits just right. His bock and his big brother's baseball socks fit perfectly, too. And there's still room for more, including his teddy bear, his mother's keys, and the family cat! It's amazing what you can fit in a backpack if you really try. Eve Bunting's lively, rhyming picture book is perfect for reading aloud and is happily illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler.

After a young boy discovers how many wonderful things he can fit into his new backpack, his family can't seem to locate some of their most important possessions.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Cocca-Leffler is adroit at capturing the comic realities of family life - children should get a particular kick out of seeing Dad peering under an armchair for his missing reading glasses, his derriere in the air." --Publishers Weekly

"The rhyming text begs to be read aloud. . . . Pack this in your preschool-storytime bag." --School Library Journal

"Bright and expressive, the colorful artwork centers on the child, his emotions, and his delight in familiar, everyday things. Preschoolers who wear glasses, too, a rare sight in picture books." --Booklist

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Call this an accumulative tale: a bespectacled boy gets a backpack from Grandma and proceeds to fill it up with just about everything in the house. When his frantic family finally discovers what he's done, the chastened child is comforted by getting to ride in the backpack himself. Bunting's rhyming text manages to have both a bouncy beat and an authentically colloquial voice. She also shows a keen understanding of how everyday objectsespecially those that belong to other peoplefascinate very young children. "I like this television thing," says the boy, eyeing the remote control, "You push it and it makes a ping./ Cartoons come on and sometimes news./ I think I'll take my mother's shoes." Cocca-Leffler (previously paired with Bunting for I Don't Want to Go to Camp) extends the buoyant mood of the story with cheery illustrations. Jazzy borders, a frisky sense of composition, clean lines and bright colors, along with skillfully deployed white space, give her pictures a strong graphic quality. Like Bunting, Cocca-Leffler is adroit at capturing the comic realities of family lifechildren should get a particular kick out of seeing Dad peering under an armchair for his missing reading glasses, his derriere in the air. Ages 4-8. (May)
Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
"My backpack's big, my backpack's blue, my backpack's very nearly new. Grandma sent it in the mail. She bought it at a garage sale. She says by now I'm big enough to fill it with important stuff." What kind of important stuff , you might ask, can a young boy find to fill his backpack with? How about a teddy bear, a train, and blocks to begin with. What else will fit? How about mom's keys, dad's glasses, and older brother's baseball mitt. Would you believe there's still room for more? Bunting's rhythmic text accompanied by Cocca-Leffler's jaunty illustrations makes this a wonderful read-aloud book to be shared by parents and children.
School Library Journal
PreS-KWhen Grandma sends her grandson a large backpack as a gift, she tells him to fill it with "important stuff." The boy does so joyfully, but he goes a bit overboard. Dad's glasses, Mom's keys, big brother's catcher's mittall get packed in the large blue pouch. Family members are dismayed about their missing items until the culprit is found. Saddened by his parents' lack of enthusiasm, the child seeks comfort with his father, who ends up putting his son inside the backpack for a ride. Youngsters will enjoy noting all the things that fit into the backpack and will delight in predicting that the boy may be getting himself into trouble. The rhyming text begs to be read aloud. Each double-page spread includes a framed illustration on the right, with the text and whimsical images of the objects on the left. The colorful artwork, done in gouache, colored pencils, and collage, complements the story, giving the book a playful tone. Pack this in your preschool-storytime bag.Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590783696
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Eve Bunting is the award-winning author of numerous books for children. Born and educated in Ireland, she now lives with her husband in Pasadena, California.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler has illustrated many children's books, including I Don't Want to Go to Camp by Eve Bunting. She lives in Amherst, New Hampshire, with her husband and two daughters.

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