Red Light, Green Light, Mama and Me

Red Light, Green Light, Mama and Me

by Cari Best, Niki Daly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When her grandma catches the flu, Lizzie gets to commute downtown with Mama, who is a children's librarian. Although it is an ordinary day for her mother, to Lizzie it is filled with wondrous experiences: the subway ``roaring out of the darkness like a hungry lion''; the noisy, ``mirror shiny'' city; the vast library and its employees, who include Lizzie in their work duties and at lunchtime. The action is low-key-Best (Taxi! Taxi!) wisely realizes that an average workday needs no embellishment to enthrall a child. Awash in affection and Lizzie's growing sense of belonging, the day rises from the humdrum to the near magical. Daly (One Round Moon and a Star for Me) bolsters this effect with understated, slightly squiggly watercolors that are winsome and benevolent toward Best's gracious characters. Discovering kindness and satisfaction in the mysterious world of adult work, Lizzie (and young readers) just might feel better about saying good-bye in the mornings to come. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
What an exciting day-Lizzie gets to ride on the subway and to shop for and eat a blueberry muffin as she and her mother head for the Downtown Public Library. Lizzie's mom is the children's librarian, and she is taking her daughter to work with her on this very special day. It is a busy day filled with story hour, lunch on the library steps, and lots of telephone inquires. It even includes a research project to find out why pigeons don't fall off the library roof when they sleep. Lizzie's expertise is called upon when she helps a little boy find a really good book. A positive mother-daughter relationship is depicted and combined with a look at mother's career. The watercolor illustrations are full of the movement and joie de vivre that permeate the story.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1A warm, wonderful story. Lizzie is sure her mother is the most important person in the city, because Mama is a children's librarian and, on this very special day, Lizzie is going to work with her. Lizzie knows that "`If I had Mama's job, I'd look at books all day, smell them, and take home all the ones with new covers.'" However, the story clearly depicts Mama's other duties, including story time, when her daughter gets to be the Big Bad Wolf. Daly's splendid watercolors expand the tale with delicious details of city and library life and feature a multicultural cast. The parent/child relationship depicted is reminiscent of Daly's own Papa Lucky's Shadow (1992) and Not So Fast, Songololo (1986, both McElderry). Don't miss this gem.Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Linda Ward-Callaghan
Lizzie is excited about spending a day at work with her mother, a children's librarian at the big downtown library. Embracing the camaraderie of Mama's work family, Lizzie stamps papers for Flo, finds an answer with Albert for a lady who wonders why sleeping pigeons don't fall off the library roof, and, best of all, helps Mama with story hour by huffing and puffing like the Big Bad Wolf. Focusing on Lizzie's youthful observations--people's shoes on the crowded subway, a sleeping man and dog who "are missing the blue sky and all the pigeons," and the amount of Mama's mail ("Mama gets more mail than the President" )--Best's text captures Lizzie's sense of adventure while Daly's illustrations reflect that same joy of discovery through discreet, insightful details, such as Lizzie's delight reflected in a store window and her serious rehearsal for her Big Bad Wolf role. Daly skillfully blends the watercolors, using few defining lines, to create a soft wash of color, as fluid and energetic as Lizzie herself.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 10.29(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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