×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Paperwhite
     

Paperwhite

by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
 

Together Miss Mamie and Lucy plant a paperwhite bulb. Through the long, dark winter days they nurture the bulb and wait for it to bring a sign of spring. In the waiting hours, they also cultivate a gentle relationship between young and old, as sweet and lovely as the delicate white narcissus flowers that bloom from a simple bulb.
As she did in Rabbit’s

Overview

Together Miss Mamie and Lucy plant a paperwhite bulb. Through the long, dark winter days they nurture the bulb and wait for it to bring a sign of spring. In the waiting hours, they also cultivate a gentle relationship between young and old, as sweet and lovely as the delicate white narcissus flowers that bloom from a simple bulb.
As she did in Rabbit’s Bedtime, Nancy Elizabeth Wallace has combined just the right amount of thoughtful text with lovingly prepared cut-paper illustrations to make a book that is at once sweet and poignant.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A delightful read."—School Library Journal, starred review (10/00) School Library Journal, Starred

"Both in pictures and spare text, children can follow along as the two rabbit friends carefully fill a jar with pebbles, place the bulb at the top, and watch as roots and shoots grow, day by lengthening day. . . . The promise of spring, and the pleasures of intergenerational friendship, dovetail neatly here."—Kirkus Reviews (8/15/00) Kirkus Reviews

"The story works on two levels, celebrating both the wonders of nature and the pleasures of a loving intergenerational friendship."—Publishers Weekly (9/11/00) Publishers Weekly

"This is a neatly put-together tale that should warm up some winter storytimes."—The Bulletin (11/00) The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When little Lucy Rabbit discovers her neighbor Miss Mamie gathering stones for potting a paperwhite bulb, she eagerly helps her to "make spring." It takes patience and care, but the days pass quickly in Miss Mamie's good company (she keeps her young guest occupied with baking cookies and stringing beads, among other activities). Their patience is rewarded at last when delicate white blossoms sprout from the bulb. Wallace (Rabbit's Bedtime) punctuates her elegantly austere and subtly repetitive prose ("Days passed. The winter days grew even longer and lighter") with periodic illustrations of the plant's progress and recurring scenes of Miss Mamie's kitchen (4:30 each time, by the clock), its window depicting a sky growing increasingly lighter. The story works on two levels, celebrating both the wonders of nature and the pleasures of a loving intergenerational friendship. Wallace's cut-paper illustrations, set against bold backgrounds of bright white or bold red, possess the fragile beauty of the snowflakes that fall outside Miss Mamie's window. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
It is a cold winter day and Lucy is ready for something to do. She sees Miss Mammie, her neighbor, outside gathering stones and that is where the story begins. So much of the beauty of this book is in its simplicity. It is a story about friendship, the passage of time and the seasons, and while one might expect such a book to have more length (the longest text page contains 37 words) Wallace has written a page-turner for the youngest of book lovers. The growth of a friendship parallels the growth of a single bulb that with attention and patience blossoms into a beautiful flower. Her illustrations are equal to the words in relating the story. Simple in form with solid primary colors they look like felt cutouts, giving a three dimensional impression. The gentleness of this story lends itself to bedtime reading for preschoolers or a modest challenge for beginning readers themselves. The sweet gentleness of this book makes it a treasure for parents and grandparents. 2000, Houghton Mifflin, $14.00. Ages 2 to 7. Reviewer: Kathleen Orosz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Using her signature cut-paper rabbits, Wallace has created a gentle tale in which two neighbors nurture a narcissus bulb. In late December, Lucy sees Miss Mamie gathering stones and runs outside to help. What follows is a lovely paean to the simple acts shared by friends as they monitor the plant's progress. The passage of time is conveyed via a small calendar, a clock, and the lengthening scarves on a pair of knitting needles. After attending to the paperwhite, the two keep themselves busy baking cookies, playing the piano, and stringing beads. Using uncluttered compositions on red or white backgrounds, Wallace nevertheless manages to infuse her scenes with interesting details: the view from the window at 4:30 p.m. changes from a starry night sky to a clear, pale blue as December turns to January; the scarves not only grow longer, but are found on the coat rack in their respective owner's jackets; a picture from Lucy to her friend appears in the final scene. This title could be easily viewed by a group and would tie in to many themes: a plant's growth, intergenerational friendships, cozy winter amusements-to name a few. With its subtle changes and unhurried warmth, it would also be a delightful read in a more intimate setting.-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this quiet tale, young Lucy and her elderly neighbor Miss Mamie "make spring" together by forcing a narcissus bulb. Wallace's (Rabbit's Bedtime, 1999, etc.) cut-paper collages feature saturated colors and simple, distinct shapes placed against monochromatic backgrounds. Both in pictures and spare text, children can follow along as the two rabbit friends carefully fill a jar with pebbles, place the bulb at the top, and watch as roots and shoots grow, day by lengthening day. The domestic setting is suggested by a few homey details—balls of yarn, a bowl of cookie dough, wall knickknacks—and the two are last seen sitting companionably at Miss Mamie's kitchen table, sharing tea and cookies—and the blooming, fragrant paperwhite—while a late snowfall is visible through the window. The promise of spring, and the pleasures of intergenerational friendship, dovetail neatly here. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618042838
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD320L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews