One Bright Ring

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In One Bright Ring by Gretchen Géser, a girl sees a man drop the ring he means to use to propose to his girlfriend. The little girl tries to give it back to him, but things keep getting in her way! Follow this brave girl and count the obstacles she overcomes in her adventure to return the ring to its owner. She catches up to him just as he realizes he doesn’t have the ring anymore . . . so she drops it in just the right place for him to find it.

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In One Bright Ring by Gretchen Géser, a girl sees a man drop the ring he means to use to propose to his girlfriend. The little girl tries to give it back to him, but things keep getting in her way! Follow this brave girl and count the obstacles she overcomes in her adventure to return the ring to its owner. She catches up to him just as he realizes he doesn’t have the ring anymore . . . so she drops it in just the right place for him to find it.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Suzanne MacNeille
Embedded in this simple, satisfying story…illustrated with Géser's own lush watercolors, is a counting game. The text notes the number of every person and object; young children will enjoy finding "four little babies," "five frisky dogs" and the man's "ten small tears." They will also have fun spotting the enigmatic black cat, unremarked upon in the story, that appears throughout the book like a mystical guide. But mostly they will love the girl's quest—not to mention the reward at the end…
Publishers Weekly
Géser has built her debut with great care and thought. The story is simple: a man loses a diamond engagement ring in front of a girl out on a walk in the city with her mother. She spots it, chases after him, and returns it secretly just as he’s about to propose. Géser frames the tale as a counting story of sorts: “One” is the “little hole” in the man’s pocket and the ring that falls out of it; “two jackhammers pound and smash,” preventing him from hearing the girl’s cry; “three tugs on Mommy’s sleeve” signal the start of a chase. “One brave girl cries,/ ‘This way! This way!’/ And she pulls her mommy through.” The fact that the girl accomplishes her heroic rescue without breaking any rules will reassure nervous parents, and her willingness to do the right thing without public recognition is also noteworthy (although cupcakes do appear as a reward at the end). Digitally manipulated watercolor-and-ink illustrations delineate the action clearly while creating an air of both excitement and romance. Ages 4–8. Agent: Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency. (May)
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"Children will enjoy the spirit of the chase (and an easily spotted black cat on each spread) in this pleasant introduction to courtship conventions." — Kirkus Reviews

"[has] an air of both excitement and romance."— Publishers Weekly

 "The author-illustrator takes readers on a running, hopping, mommy-tugging, obstacle-packed adventure through attractive city streets as one small girl chases one young man who has dropped a bright ring." — School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
A little girl and her mother are walking on a city sidewalk when she sees it: "One big smile./One little hole./One bright ring/falls to the ground." Although the ring bounces into her hands, the city sounds of jackhammers prevent the girl from being heard when she calls out to the man. (The illustrations also add a trumpet player and a walking family into the mix.) The girl is determined to return the dropped ring to its owner, and so she pulls her mother past—and through—an assortment of obstacles, from four little babies to five dogs being walked, six signs to seven kinds of cupcakes. She takes "eight soundless steps" while the man checks his pockets "nine frantic times" then sneaks a hand through the bushes as he cries "ten small tears." The anonymous girl drops the ring in front of him and sneaks away again. The intended audience of this sweet-as-cupcakes tale is unclear. The silent girl operates slyly; this reviewer guesses the intention is to be charming but in truth it comes off as contrived. The counting seems too gimmicky here. Perhaps children looking forward to participating in a relative's or friend's wedding may enjoy this book for a short while, but others are likely to prefer more lively fare. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A young man is about to propose to his sweetheart. Is that a logical plot for a counting book? Probably not. Does it succeed? Absolutely. The author-illustrator takes readers on a running, hopping, mommy-tugging, obstacle-packed adventure through attractive city streets as one small girl chases one young man who has dropped a bright ring. Géser makes every scene count, inserting clues, signposts, captivating urban details, and an engaging black cat that, for many children, will steal the show. There's so much to see in each scene, e.g., "four little babies" in strollers "block the path," "five frisky dogs" of various breeds, and the gorgeous variety of perspectives turns the pages into works of art. Ring might be included in units about love and family, but it will make its greatest contribution in explorations of city life. Because the mixed-media illustrations tell the story so successfully, the book will be as popular with preschoolers as with the early elementary set.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
When a girl sees a diamond ring fall through a hole in a man's jacket pocket, she catches it on a bounce and pulls her mom along city streets in an attempt to return it. There's a charming counting theme afoot. Four babies and five frisky dogs present obstacles to "one brave girl" in her pursuit of that bouquet-bearing young man. She loses sight of him but makes a deduction and enters a park's rose garden. She "tiptoes eight soundless steps… // …while the man checks his pockets / nine frantic times." As the desperate gent "sheds ten small tears," the girl, hidden behind a hedge, cannily drops the lost ring "right under his nose." Géser's digitally augmented, naïve watercolors depict pale, generic vehicles and simple, cartoonish faces. City grays and browns contrast with bursts of red: the girl's coat, a stop sign, roses and even the young man's hair. Mission accomplished, the girl leads her mom on once more. In the final double-page spread, she stands in a bakery, holding a cupcake and gazing upward. A fancy three-tiered wedding cake is decorated with roses--and topped with a bride and groom who look an awful lot like the newly engaged couple smiling through the window. Children will enjoy the spirit of the chase (and an easily spotted black cat on each spread) in this pleasant introduction to courtship conventions. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805092790
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,470,775
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Gretchen Géser drives a hybrid car and creates hybrid artwork, alternating between traditional and digital techniques. A graduate of Smith College, Gretchen also has an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and daughter and is on the lookout for a black cat.

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