One More Time

One More Time

by Louis Baum, Paddy Bouma
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One More Time is an exceptional story, one that offers new meaning with each reading. On the surface, the book simply describes a father and son's Sunday afternoon in the park. Like most small children, Simon often asks to do things ``one more time.'' At the end of the day, the pair board a train, where Simon asks his father, ``Is it far?'' Only when they arrive and Dad leaves Simon with his mother do we realize that the boy's parents are divorced; we've been witnessing the bittersweet conclusion of their allotted time together. The phrase ``one more time'' takes on new significance as we consider the meaning it holds for both father and son. The book is not ``about'' divorce; it's just about a divorced family. One senses the strong, positive relationship between Simon and his dad, but the book doesn't skirt the sadness that is part of divorce. It should be a highly comforting book for children in a similar situation. (2-5)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Unlike his Juju and the Pirate (Peter Bedrick, 1984) both in texture and content, Baum's One More Time shows the everyday life of a divorced father and his young son in delicate pastel hues. Between the silvery moonlit end pages, a delicately watercolored yet richly shaded panorama of scenes of father and son embellish the tender but dynamic relationship between Simon and his father. Following the two through a day, children share in the typical happenings of a young child's life. ``One more time,'' ``Are we almost there?'' and ``Who can see it first?'' are common phrases heard, while views of picnics, balloons, and storytelling are seen. As Simon and his father part at Simon's mother's house, ``See you soon'' reassures Simon and young readers of the continuity of love and times to be shared together. Warm emotions deftly portrayed overshadow the English ambiance created by the author and artist, both South African. The familiar love is universal and poignantly portrayed. Cathy Woodward, Lima City Schools, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688116989
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1992
Pages:
32
Age Range:
4 Years

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