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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Annie's bored. The baby is crying, and that means Mama is taking care of him. The dog is busy scratching. Her best friend is on vacation. Annie goes out on the front steps to wait for Papa to come home, but she's bored and impatient. Mama suggests Annie take a walk around the block to help pass the time. Each of the neighbors she meets has somethinga cookie, a flower, an offer to run through the grass barefoot. And when Annie gets home, Papa is waiting for her on the front steps. Henkes tells his story with warmth and a believable ending. Chess' art is playful and funny, from the delightful houses on the block to the dark-rimmed eyes of the people and pets. Ages 58. (April)
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K-Gr 3 A well rounded, delightful story. A forlorn Annie sits on the steps of her house reciting why she is bored as she waits for her father to come home. At her mother's suggestion, she sets off on a short walk around the block. On her walk she meets an assortment of neighbors who listen to her and offer her some small thing to lift her spirits. Each is a small sensory delight. One neighbor lets her take off her shoes and run barefoot through the soft green grass he is sprinkling, another offers her some freshly baked cookies, and the mailman lets her jingle his keys for a minute. Annie arrives home to find her father now waiting for her. In the end Annie shares the gifts she has received with her family. Chess' unique pop-eyed characters add just the right bit of tartness to a sweet tale. Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688049546
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years

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