One Saturday Afternoon

One Saturday Afternoon

by Barbara Baker, Kate Duke
     
 

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Mama wants to walk, Lily wants to read, and Daisy wants to draw. Baby Jack wants to eat crayons. Papa wants to eat in peace. Sometimes, being in a big family is hard, but there are always good moments, too.

"Baker writes with humor and understanding, and Duke is an expert at capturing the right gestures and expressions."
-The Horn Book  See more details below

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Mama wants to walk, Lily wants to read, and Daisy wants to draw. Baby Jack wants to eat crayons. Papa wants to eat in peace. Sometimes, being in a big family is hard, but there are always good moments, too.

"Baker writes with humor and understanding, and Duke is an expert at capturing the right gestures and expressions."
-The Horn Book

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gwendolyn Bradley
Six short interlocking stories follow six bear family members through a Saturday afternoon. Each one wants something different-Mama wants a peaceful walk, Lily wants to read her book, Rose wants to play teacher, Daisy wants her picture to be appreciated, baby Jack wants to play with a crayon, and Papa wants a piece of bread. Initially thwarted, each finds a way to get their desire while still accommodating the others. The plots are extremely simple, and events of the day are revisited through different characters' eyes. The illustrations, like the stories, are simple and warm. This would be a good book for beginning readers or could be read to younger children.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-An engaging reader that also works well as a read-aloud. Each member of a bear family wants to spend Saturday afternoon in a different way. The book is divided into short chapters so that Mama and Papa, as well as Lily, Rose, Daisy, and baby Jack can all have their moment in the spotlight. The trials and frustrations of life in a large family come through loud and clear, yet it is obvious that with a little patience and thought, there is great fun to be had. The text is easy to read but still has a nice even narrative flow. Duke's largely pastel watercolor illustrations add a lively sense of animation to the story. One Saturday Afternoon is bound to become a family favorite, any night of the week.-Lori Haas Weaver, Montmorency County Public Libraries, Atlanta, MI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Following in the wake of One Saturday Morning (1994), Baker's irrepressible bear family reconvenes for a Saturday afternoon romp. Crisp sentences and engaging characters make this Easy Reader entry a refreshing challenge for children. Baker, in six chapters�one for each member of the family�takes a humorous peek at the benevolent chaos of family life. Mama's decision to take a walk alone launches the bear family's busy afternoon, during which Papa initiates bread-baking; Lily, the eldest, who just wants to enjoy her book, gets the other children busy on "classwork"; and toddler Jack uses crayons for ingenious wall art. Duke's colorful illustrations illuminate the episodes, artfully capturing the individuality of every family member. An irresistible book that will have readers clamoring for more. (Picture book. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140387568
Publisher:
Viking Penguin
Publication date:
05/21/2001
Series:
Easy-to-Read Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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