"One Monday morning the king, the queen, and the little prince came to visit me. But i wasn't home . . . "
Publishers WeeklyIn this charming story, first published in 1967, a queen and prince call on a city-dwelling boy one Monday morning, but as he tells readers, "I wasn't home." Finally on Sunday the boy is there to receive his royal guests. Brightly hued regal clothing brightens cross-hatched drawings of an urban landscape. Ages 3-6. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyA queen and a prince come to visit a small boy one Monday morning, but as he tells readers, ``I wasn't home.'' They return with the king on Tuesday, but ``I wasn't home.'' Every day they check to see if the little boy is in, always with someone new in tow, until Sunday, when they come with a king, a knight, a royal guard, cook, barber, jester and a little dog. This time, the little boy is home to entertain his royal guests. (4-8)
Children's LiteratureThe old French folk song is, "Lundi matin, l'emp'reur, sa femme..." and Shulevitz's classic story begins, "One Monday morning, the king, the queen and the little prince came to visit me." But even before the text begins, the reader is treated to charming drawings of a rainy cityscape and a boy looking out through his window. Then the king enters the scene with his umbrella and droll, stark white face, and the fun beginsbecause the boy is rarely home and the visitors must depart without seeing him. Each day the entourage grows, adding the knight, the guard, the royal cook, and a slew of others. But the boy is never there, until the last day, when finally they all meet and exchange the most mundane of greetings. Nevertheless, this soft cover release of the 1967 book has won an ALA Notable Book award as well as a starred School Library Journal review and offers quiet enjoyment for the young set. 2003 (orig. 1967), Sunburst/Farrar Straus Giroux, Ages 3 to 8.
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This is a wonderful story to read on a rainy day. The poetic, cumulative text captures and holds children's attention, from pre-school through early grades. They love the cumulative parade of royal visitors with a surprise ending. The story begins quietly on a rainy day and builds from there. I used to read this book to groups of young children when I was a children's librarian in New York and it became a favorite.