On My Way (26 Fairmount Avenue Series #3)

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Tomie is overjoyed because his baby sister, Maureen, is finally strong enough to come home from the hospital. Over the next months, he is in a dance recital and he gets to go to the World's Fair. Soon, the school year is at an end. Summer is full of fun things to do, like going to the beach and celebrating the Fourth of July-but Tomie can't wait for school to start again. He hopes he'll get Miss Kiniry, the first-grade teacher he likes the best. In first grade he will finally-finally-learn to read. And maybe even...

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Tomie is overjoyed because his baby sister, Maureen, is finally strong enough to come home from the hospital. Over the next months, he is in a dance recital and he gets to go to the World's Fair. Soon, the school year is at an end. Summer is full of fun things to do, like going to the beach and celebrating the Fourth of July-but Tomie can't wait for school to start again. He hopes he'll get Miss Kiniry, the first-grade teacher he likes the best. In first grade he will finally-finally-learn to read. And maybe even get a library card of his own!

"DePaola's writing and recollective skills are so fresh that kids will feel like he's sitting right next to them, telling his tales in and out of school with disarming charisma and not a hint of nostalgia." (The Horn Book)

"More please." (Kirkus Reviews, pointer review)

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Editorial Reviews

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Author/illustrator Tomie dePaola has given readers a glorious glimpse into his life with such autobiographical picture books as Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, Tom, and The Art Lesson. Now, following his Newbery Honor-winning 26 Fairmount Avenue and Here We All Are, Tomie dePaola uses an engaging chapter-book format to take readers back to his childhood, and recount more memorable moments from his funny, fabulous life. Whether he's starring in a dance recital, praying for his baby sister's recovery from pneumonia, making his mark in a new sidewalk's wet cement, or at last learning to read, Tomie's warmth and charm will delight readers -- and welcome them into his home.
Publishers Weekly
DePaola's drawings lend his characteristic warmth and humor to this third installment in the 26 Fairmount Avenue chapter-book series, based on the author/artist's childhood. Ages 7-10. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
With amazing detail DePaola remembers the year his sister Maureen was born, the big scare when she is diagnosed with pneumonia and all of his experiences at school. He also recounts a visit to the 1939 World's Fair. During that same year Tomie was taking dance lessons—tap. Since he enjoyed dancing so much, he got to do a special number with a girl in the class ahead. He just loved performing—the lights, costumes and audience. As kindergarten ends Tomie hopes that his first grade teacher will be the pretty Miss Kisiry, but he learns that the decision about which class he will be assigned to will not be announced until September. At that age, September seems like a long time to wait. During the summer, construction continues on the house with a rock retaining wall, cement steps and an asphalt driveway. On the Fourth of July there is a backyard fireworks display, later a trip to the beach, and a tiny tots wedding with Tomie as the bride. Finally school starts and Tomie's wish comes true—he gets the teacher he wanted, he learns to read and gets a library card. He is now truly—on his way. 2001, Putnam,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Tally another winner for dePaola with this new installment in the "26 Fairmount Avenue" series. He graces the chapters with black-and-white spot sketches for homey details of baby sister's pneumonia, the 1939 World's Fair, and beginning first grade, to name a few. A conversational tone offers great read-aloud possibilities for the younger set. Plenty of humor and lighthearted details, like a chewing-gum beard and eating popcorn to avoid carsickness, will appeal to a wide audience. Add in the pleasure of mentioning familiar characters like grandfather Tom and the Nanas, and readers will be delighted with the final line, "There's more coming!"-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Child Magazine
A Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 Pick

As he did so skillfully in such autobiographical picture books as Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, bestselling children's book author and illustrator dePaola continues the story of his life. In this third installment of the 26 Fairmount Avenue chapter-book series, dePaola evokes all the warmth of his close-knit family in episodes brimming with humorous detail.

Kirkus Reviews
DePaola is irresistible. In this simply told memoir, aimed directly at the hearts of his young readers, he follows 26 Fairmount Avenue (1999) and Here We All Are (p. 630) with more stories of his childhood. In this volume, his baby sister Maureen contracts pneumonia and has to be hospitalized, he gets a new outfit for the family's trip to the 1939 World's Fair in New York, and he's in a tap dance recital. He longs to get Miss Kiniry to be his first-grade teacher, even though she, like the principal, insists on spelling his first name"Tommy." Other remembrances include a family outing to the beach, a"Tiny Tot" wedding, and getting his first library card. DePaola spins out these recollections with pitch-perfect intensity, warmth, energy, and a precise sense of how it felt to be a kid. Almost a primer on how to write with emotional directness for young people, this will also teach its readers a little on how to tell their own stories. Best of all it gives value to the comings and goings that make up a life, even one as unique as dePaola's. Abundantly illustrated with wonderful vignettes and spot drawings of the cast of characters that includes all his friends and relations, it begs to be continued. More please. (Biography. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698119482
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: A 26 Fairmount Avenue Book Series, #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 312,725
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola
Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.


Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 3, 2002

      Tomie on his way!

      This is the fourth of four books he has written! He is back in amother one of his hallarious books! This is a must read book and I know you will enjoy it.

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