Pippa at the Parade

Overview

Pippa loves the parade. The band is marching. The drummers are drumming. The gymnasts are turning cartwheels down the street. There are prizes to win and cotton candy to eat. It's a big parade and an even bigger day for Pippa. After the fireworks light the evening sky, Pippa finds that her father's shoulder is a good place to take a nap. A colorful parade pops from the pages of this picture book in rhyme that's a perfect choice for preschoolers.

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Overview

Pippa loves the parade. The band is marching. The drummers are drumming. The gymnasts are turning cartwheels down the street. There are prizes to win and cotton candy to eat. It's a big parade and an even bigger day for Pippa. After the fireworks light the evening sky, Pippa finds that her father's shoulder is a good place to take a nap. A colorful parade pops from the pages of this picture book in rhyme that's a perfect choice for preschoolers.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Pippa stands on the curb with her parents as she watches the parade. She taps her toes and claps her hands to the beat of the marching band. Some of the instruments featured include drums, trumpets, and trombones. Pippa marvels at gymnasts' flips, the tall man on stilts, and a red balloon sailing into the blue sky. She eats pizza, popcorn, and a candy apple. Afterward Pippa goes to a carnival and wins a stuffed animal when she throws a ball threw a hoop. She and her parents watch fireworks flare in the evening air. At the close of her exciting day, her dad carries her home and tucks her into bed. The snappy text written in verse will engage listeners when the book is read aloud. Colorful illustrations add movement and joy as they show a loving family enjoying a special day together. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
This happy-go-lucky story provides the flavors, sounds and colors of a splendid day out while depicting a time-honored tradition. At a parade with her parents, Pippa, a grinning little girl, is barely tall enough to reach her daddy's knee, but luckily she has a front-row view. The marching band booms by and the onomatopoeic text enlivens the rhythm, "Clapping hands! / Clappity-clap. / Band is coming! / Tippity-tap." As each section of the parade passes by Pippa is enchanted by the many instruments, which include trumpets, trombones and drums. First the gymnasts flip past, then the ten-foot-tall man on stilts. All to the same clipped rhythm, the family goes on to share pizza, popcorn, candy apples and cotton candy. Fortenberry's rippling illustrations, at once serenely indistinct and lovingly detailed, combine misty, milky hues with thick, robust pastels, presenting a celebration of excitement and indulgence that can only be fully appreciated in childhood. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590785676
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,410,638
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Roosa is also the author of Beach Day, which was named a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year. She lives with her family in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Julie Fortenberry is a fine artist and illustrator, with a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College. Her abstract paintings have been exhibited in galleries in New York City and her illustrations have appeared in Highlights High Five magazine. She lives in Westchester County, New York.

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