Picnic

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"Beautiful day!"
"Not a cloud in the sky!"
"A-picnicking we go!"

When Picnic was first published in 1984, readers fell in love with Emily Arnold McCully's lush watercolors and charming story about a little mouse who is reunited with her family. Now the Caldecott artist has added words and painted bigger illustrations in her signature whimsical style to accommodate a larger-sized read-aloud book. But what has not changed is a timeless story about the hurt of being lost, and the ...

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Overview

"Beautiful day!"
"Not a cloud in the sky!"
"A-picnicking we go!"

When Picnic was first published in 1984, readers fell in love with Emily Arnold McCully's lush watercolors and charming story about a little mouse who is reunited with her family. Now the Caldecott artist has added words and painted bigger illustrations in her signature whimsical style to accommodate a larger-sized read-aloud book. But what has not changed is a timeless story about the hurt of being lost, and the joy of being found again.

A little mouse gets lost on the way to a family picnic.

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Kirkus Reviews
In what promises to be the first of a series of do-overs, McCully offers repainted, but by-and-large identical, illustrations and a brief text for an originally wordless offering from 1984. Once again a multitudinous mouse clan piles into the pickup and jounces off down a country road for a pond-side picnic. But "no one sees Little Bitty fall off the truck," or notices the missing sib until considerably later. Switching back and forth between the family and its stranded member, McCully shows the latter becoming more self-confident as the former grows more frantic. But the hue and cry ends in a happy reunion, and it's "picnic time at last!" The added words, which are mostly snatches of dialogue or song, are more distraction than enhancement (the original was perfect in its wordlessness), but it's good to have this sprightly family adventure available again, and in a larger format, too. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780066238548
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/27/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 380,325
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Arnold McCully has illustrated more than a hundred books for children, including her own First Snow and Arnold Adoff's Black Is Brown Is Tan. She won the Caldecott Medal for her book Mirette On the High Wire.

Emily Arnold McCully has illustrated more than a hundred books for children, including her own First Snow and Arnold Adoff's Black Is Brown Is Tan. She won the Caldecott Medal for her book Mirette On the High Wire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2000

    my class read my book.

    The whole family had a picnic. They drove a jeep. They brought some food like cheese, salad, sandwiches and a guitar to play. A mouse got lost. They found the mouse. I like this book a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2000

    Cheery picture book invites great kid talk on safety!

    Little mouse accidentally bounces away from her family when they are all headed out for a picnic. Though the family doesn't notice at first, when they realize someone is missing, the search is on! Great story to open discussion on seat belts and staying safe if you are lost. Plus, even youngest kids can enjoy 'reading' it since the whole book is beautifully illustrated.

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