One Hot Summer Day

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"An effervescent city child dances through a hot summer day until a thunderstorm brings welcome relief. Executed in collages made from color photographs, imaginatively redefined in unexpected juxtaposition....A wonderful concept book, grounded in ordinary events yet touched with magic, that will strike a familiar chord with preschool audiences while enlarging their perceptions. An auspicious debut!"—Horn Book.

Relates a child's activities in the heat of a summer day punctuated by a thunderstorm.

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Overview

"An effervescent city child dances through a hot summer day until a thunderstorm brings welcome relief. Executed in collages made from color photographs, imaginatively redefined in unexpected juxtaposition....A wonderful concept book, grounded in ordinary events yet touched with magic, that will strike a familiar chord with preschool audiences while enlarging their perceptions. An auspicious debut!"—Horn Book.

Relates a child's activities in the heat of a summer day punctuated by a thunderstorm.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A steamy afternoon in the city and the resultant thundershower form the framework for Crews's promising debut. In an engagingly matter-of-fact narration, an African American girl voices colorful observations-``Dogs pant. Hydrants are open''; ``I eat two grape Popsicles in a row.'' Her comments will be familiar to any child who has experienced the season's swelter. As visual accompaniment, arresting multi-perspective photographic collages depict the ebullient girl drawing chalk pictures on the pavement, playing on a swing; with this novel format Crews skillfully captures the childlike wonder at and appreciation of small delights. Spreads of the girl making shadows against the sidewalk and cavorting through the rain are particularly striking. Ages 2-up. (May)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judith Campbell
Though it is a hot summer day, there are fun things to do to stay cool. An energetic little girl tells us that though the summer is hot, the shade, water hydrants, grape popsicles and a cool summer rain can be very refreshing. The warm, touching photographs illustrate that nothing can squelch a child's ability to have fun. A great debut by Crews in this simple yet expressive picture book.
School Library Journal
PreSClever, colorful photo-collage illustrations feature a cheerful African American girl in an appealing urban landscape. Her summer day activities include an unsuccessful effort to fry an egg on the sidewalk (it's not quite that hot), a brief visit to the local playground (it's definitely too hot to sit on the shiny metal swings), and the messy fun of eating two grape popsicles in a row. The first-person narrative is filled with short, declarative sentences that are convincingly childlike. Changes in the placement of the text as well as in the art keep the book interesting and fresh. Particularly effective double-page spreads include one in which ``...mother tells me to play inside games.'' The accompanying collage is cut into jigsaw-puzzle shapes, and another features splashing raindrops in various shades of blue. A simple story of a child's everyday adventures, told in an innovative, yet accessible style that will be enjoyed by young listeners no matter what the season.Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Julie Yates Walton
Using collage, Crews translates the mental images of her own hot childhood summers into a sensorial feast for preschoolers. "It's summer, and it's hot," the book begins, "Dogs pant. Hydrants are open. Women carry umbrellas for the shade." Crews illustrates these symbols of summer using cutout photographic images mounted on related scenes. For example, for the above quote, clipped shots of an African American girl the protagonist, a panting dog, and two women holding umbrellas in front of a store are superimposed on a street-scene photo of a spewing hydrant. Although the connections are predictable, the jumble of perspectives is refreshing. Finally, the day's sizzling images give way to the relief of grape popsicles and a cooling rainstorm. Especially relevant to urban libraries, this book provides many opportunities to discuss the senses and the unique experience of summer in the city.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688133931
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 575,191
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Nina Crews drew inspiration from her own neighborhood in creating the artwork for both this book and its celebrated companion, The Neighborhood Mother Goose. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Nina Crews drew inspiration from her own neighborhood in creating the artwork for both this book and its celebrated companion, The Neighborhood Mother Goose. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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