Please, Louise (with audio recording)

Please, Louise (with audio recording)

by Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison, Shadra Strickland
     
 

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A library card unlocks a new life for a young girl in this picture book about the power of imagination, from the Nobel Prize–winning author Toni Morrison.

On one gray afternoon, Louise makes a fateful trip to the library. With the help of a new library card and through the transformative power of books, what started out as a dull day turns into one of… See more details below

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Overview

A library card unlocks a new life for a young girl in this picture book about the power of imagination, from the Nobel Prize–winning author Toni Morrison.

On one gray afternoon, Louise makes a fateful trip to the library. With the help of a new library card and through the transformative power of books, what started out as a dull day turns into one of surprises, ideas, and fun, fun, fun!

Inspired by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Toni Morrison’s experience working in a library as a young girl, this engaging picture book celebrates the wonders of reading, the enchanting capacity of the imagination, and, of course, the splendor of libraries.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
03/01/2014
K-Gr 3—Louise leaves the house on a gray, rainy day, walking past abandoned cars and barking dogs to the library, a warm and dry haven where her imagination can take flight. The concept behind this story is lovely; the execution, however, falls flat. The rhyming text is clunky and awkward and lacks an easily spoken cadence. Toward the end, the narrative changes jarringly from speaking to Louise to talking about Louise. The mixed-media illustrations are effective, especially as the palette changes when the dreary day gives way to sun, but they are not enough to compensate for the unwieldy verse.—Martha Link Yesowitch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
The Morrisons (The Tortoise or the Hare) don’t just champion the act of reading: they explain what it does. Reading is valuable, they explain, because it banishes fear. “Scary thoughts are your creation/ when you have no information.” Louise, an Asian girl, sets out for the library in a yellow rain slicker. The trip is scattered with threats: a strange man hunched over a harmonica, a deserted house with dark windows. The narrator pleads with Louise to think clearly instead of reacting reflexively: “Is that house really haunted? Or does it just need care?/ Why not imagine the joy that used to be there?” When Louise enters the library, its shelves open wide around her in an embrace. Strickland (White Water) paints a moving portrait of Louise in tight close-up, completely absorbed in reading. On the way home, the change in Louise’s attitude is reflected in what she sees. While it’s hard to fault the message that books can open minds and perspectives, the delivery suffers from a cajoling narrative tone and an overall roughness to the verse. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442433106
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,272,829
File size:
20 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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