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Peepers

Peepers

by Eve Bunting, James Ransome
     
 

It's fall again, and time for Jim and Andy to help their dad run Fred's Fall Color Tours. The tourists they shuttle around are "Leaf Peepers"—and, boy, do those Peepers love to ooh and aah about the dumbest things. Leaves, trees, pumpkins. Bo-o-ring.
But this yerar, even as they poke fun at the Peepers, Jim and Andy can't help but notice how

Overview

It's fall again, and time for Jim and Andy to help their dad run Fred's Fall Color Tours. The tourists they shuttle around are "Leaf Peepers"—and, boy, do those Peepers love to ooh and aah about the dumbest things. Leaves, trees, pumpkins. Bo-o-ring.
But this yerar, even as they poke fun at the Peepers, Jim and Andy can't help but notice how the leaves floating in the river look like a brilliantly colored island, and how the spiky tree branches seem to sweep the clouds across the night sky.
Maybe the Peepers aren't so silly after all.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this somewhat sleepy story by the creators of Your Move, the young narrator and his brother, Jim, help their father with his business, bus rides for "Leaf Peepers" to view the fall foliage. The boys roll their eyes at the Peepers' awe and playfully mock their inevitable remark: "Oh!... Look! Look, how beautiful!" Though the brothers discover several diverting sights, for the most part they remain quite bored with the tour (which includes stops at a pond, cemetery, river and pumpkin patch) and readers may feel the same. As tourist season ends and Bunting's (Gleam and Glow, reviewed above) story winds to a close, the youngsters sit outdoors one chilly evening, admiring the starlit sky. Admitting his embarrassment at letting down his guard, the narrator notes, "I guess our winter sky is always like this, but I just never noticed. I'm seeing it now the way the Peepers would see it." At their best, Ransome's acrylic paintings present lifelike portraits of the characters and glimpses of vibrant fall colors dotting the landscape. Yet the vivid colors do not completely compensate for the uneventful plot. Ages 6-9. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In the fall they come¾tourists eager to drink in the beauty of the New England landscape in its autumnal colors. Jim and Andy help their dad run Fred's Fall Color Tours as he shuttles visitors to all the points of interest. Behind their backs, the boys poke harmless fun at the tourists they nickname "Leaf Peepers." Every "ooh" and "aah" sends them into gales of laughter. Yet even as they giggle, the boys cannot help but admire a leaf floating like a boat upon the rivers or how the leaves gently catch the breeze like a butterfly. When day is done and they wistfully stare at the moon poking through spiky branches they are heard to utter, "how beautiful." James Ransome's rich acrylic paintings with the bright palette of autumn's reds and yellows add sparkle to this quiet mood piece. The touches of humor in both text and illustration heighten its appeal to children. Sharing this with children before embarking on a nature walk may sharpen their powers of observation and elicit their own words of admiration for nature's show of colors. 2001, Harcourt, $16.00. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Jim and Andy are obliged to help their father run Fred's Fall Color Tours in New England in October. Andy narrates in the present tense as they ride their bus through the familiar environs with the "Leaf Peepers." They think that everything is beautiful and photo-worthy, and the brothers snicker and mimic their superlatives behind their backs. Ransome's acrylic paintings are brightly realistic, capturing the brilliance of a fine rural autumn day. The intent of the story seems to be that the boys learn to appreciate the natural beauty around them in spite of themselves; however, they become aware of this only on the last two pages and, since they are embarrassed by their feelings, readers are likely also to be uncomfortable and unconvinced.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152602970
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
373,931
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
310L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including the Caldecott Medal–winning Smoky Night. Her numerous honors include the prestigious Kerlan Award for her body of work. Ms. Bunting lives in Southern California.

JAMES RANSOME has illustrated many books for children. He received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for The Creation and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for Uncle Jed’s Barbershop. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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