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Once upon a Picnic

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An ordinary picnic becomes extraordinary in the fairy-tale landscape of Once Upon A Picnic, the hide-and-seek sequel to John Prater and Vivian French's best-selling picture book Once Upon A Time.

While Mom and Dad do nothing but daydream at the picnic, the young boy keeps very active noticing all kinds of things going on around them.

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Overview

An ordinary picnic becomes extraordinary in the fairy-tale landscape of Once Upon A Picnic, the hide-and-seek sequel to John Prater and Vivian French's best-selling picture book Once Upon A Time.

While Mom and Dad do nothing but daydream at the picnic, the young boy keeps very active noticing all kinds of things going on around them.

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Children's Literature - Wendy Ricci
This book is the sequel to the popular picture book, Once Upon a Time. It tells the fun story of a little boy who goes on a picnic with his parents and who just loves to sit quietly by the stream, reading and daydreaming. His imagination turns the picnic area into a parade of characters from a bunch of different fairy tales! He "sees" the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk, the Gingerbread Man, the Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe, and many others. He even gets to "play" ball with the littlest bear! The afternoon passes so quickly that the little boy doesn't want to go home.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A book that gently conveys how the imagination can enliven readers' worlds. Oblivious parents set up chairs, read, and eat while their son observes a host of storybook characters around them. A troll guards the bridge where three billy goats try to cross; a wolf encounters Little Red Ridinghood; and three bears enjoy a rollicking picnic of their own. A simple, rhyming text is tucked into a small white box on each double-page spread. Because so much action takes place in the illustrations, the words seem almost unnecessary. The watercolor paintings are simple and light, as befits this airy flight of fancy. Part of the fun is recognizing the different characters, but as French creates her own original take on things, her story can be enjoyed on its own or as a jumping-off point to explore classic folk and fairy tales.Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
Susan Dove Lempke
In this sequel to "Once upon a Time" (1993), a very ordinary looking family nonchalantly eats a picnic lunch, while beside them, a family of three bears settles in for its own picnic. In the meantime, a troll at a nearby bridge queries three billy goats, a witch stirs a potion, and a giant's shoe is quickly occupied by a woman with a great many children. Brief, rhyming couplets, contributed by Vivian French, will help focus the attention of younger children; older kids may find the pictures give them all they need. They'll love guessing the identity of Prater's folktale figures and enjoy following the familiar tales as they spin out in softly dappled watercolor landscapes that abound in funny vignettes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564028105
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.57 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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