On the Stairs

On the Stairs

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by Julie Hofstrand Larios, Mary Hofstrand Cornish, Handprint
     
 

Join the fun as two mice invent a game that turns an ordinary staircase into a magical place to play and learn. Each step reveals a new surprise—birds to watch, art to create, chimes to hear, books to read, airplanes to fly. At the top, see where they have been and see how they have grown.
On the Stairs lyrically celebrates the simple pleasures of a child's

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Join the fun as two mice invent a game that turns an ordinary staircase into a magical place to play and learn. Each step reveals a new surprise—birds to watch, art to create, chimes to hear, books to read, airplanes to fly. At the top, see where they have been and see how they have grown.
On the Stairs lyrically celebrates the simple pleasures of a child's imaginative world.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Each step of the staircase has a name and a number, told in simple rhymes with forceful rhythm, as two plump rodents go about their busy day's activities. From one to twelve we count, as they climb to reach the phone, watch the birds, read a story, look in the mirror, draw, etc. After the twelfth step, they go down again in their pajamas to watch mom and dad give the baby a bottle and then "name them all again step." The artist, considering the very youthful audience, employs tints of colors to create a delicate series of pages portraying the anthropomorphic duo in naturalistic, charming, lively episodes. They and their activities are sure to find sympathetic readers/listeners, at least in the suburbs.
Library Journal
PreS-A charming tale of two imaginative young mice. "On the stairs in my house, I play a little game./Every time I climb the stairs, I give each step a name." Each stair and rhyme is introduced by the featured number and a tiny object that can be found elsewhere on the double-page spread. "Fifth step. Story step./Where I sit and read step./Hidden shelf with all my favorites,/all the books I need step." There is a family step featuring family photos on the wall, a mirror step where messy hair can be tidied, and a clock step with a toy clock hanging from the wall. When the young mice reach the 12th step, the sun is setting; they put on their pajamas, descend for a peek at Mom and Dad in the kitchen, and prepare to name all of the steps again on their way up to bed. Cornish's softly hued, finely detailed artwork reveals a contented household with both parents caring for a baby while the older siblings quietly entertain themselves. A winning concept book.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886910348
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.97(w) x 9.81(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
1 - 6 Years

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