Red, White, and Boom!

Red, White, and Boom!

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by Lee Wardlaw, Huy Voun Lee
     
 

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Fireflies flit
Sparklers spit

Pinwheels spin
Goosebump skin

It's the Fourth of July! Travel across the country for a city parade, a beach picnic, and fireworks in the park in this poetic celebration of the many cultures and traditions that make America's birthday BOOM!

Overview

Fireflies flit
Sparklers spit

Pinwheels spin
Goosebump skin

It's the Fourth of July! Travel across the country for a city parade, a beach picnic, and fireworks in the park in this poetic celebration of the many cultures and traditions that make America's birthday BOOM!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“…made to order for the summer storyhour crowd as well as quiet lapsits under a shady tree.” —School Library Journal, starred

“Perfect pussycat poetry.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Won Ton

“[A] celebration of the child-pet bond.” —Booklist, starred review on Won Ton

“Will steal the hearts of readers young and old.” —School Library Journal, starred review on Won Ton

“Lee's mellow-hued collages feature a multicultural crowd of beach goers, while elaborate cut-outs grace the borders, echoing the fluid line of the Chinese characters. It's a remarkably unified effort: everything works together to create a flawless picture book.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review on At the Beach

“As the characters begin to build on one another, children will be able to see and appreciate the pictorial nature of Chinese writing. . . . The textured paper, vibrant winter clothing, animals in their fur and feathers, and snowflake-decorated colored borders create a lively atmosphere for this memorable lesson in Chinese writing.” —Booklist on In the Snow

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
All the classic ways Americans celebrate the birthday of our country are evoked in this lively picture book. The text is minimal and telegraphic, done as short rhyming couplets: "Flags unfurl/, batons twirl/ Bugles call/ Marchers tall." While terms like "unfurl" or the elliptical syntax of "marchers tall" might give pause to English language learners, Lee's collages, dominated by tones of red, white and blue dominate each page and make the meaning clear. In fact, there is a good one-to-one correspondence between the text and the pictures in each spread along with all kinds of details young children will be delighted to talk through and relate to their own experiences. At the same time, every page includes a rainbow of ethnic heritages, underscoring the message that this country is everyone's home of the brave and land of the free. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
Gr 1—Independence Day is brought to jubilant life in this striking picture book. Three familiar Fourth of July celebrations—a city parade, a beach picnic, and fireworks in the park—are described in simple, rhyming language rich in sensory imagery: "Flags unfurl/batons twirl….Castle moats/Seaweed boats….Corncob sweet/Drippy treat….Rockets wing/Crackle, sing/Burst and zoom/Red, white, boom!" Rich in texture and beautiful patterns, the intricate cut-paper collages depict a multicultural, multigenerational mosaic of people who gather in various ways to commemorate our nation's founding freedoms. Children will enjoy following the numerous unnamed characters' movements from one busy scene to the next. Paired with Donald Crews's well-loved Parade (Greenwillow, 1983), this title is made to order for the summer storyhour crowd as well as quiet lapsits under a shady tree.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805090659
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
477,640
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
NP (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Lee Wardlaw has published more than two dozen award-winning books for young readers, including Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Huy Voun Lee is the author and illustrator of At the Beach, In the Snow, and 1, 2, 3, Go! She lives with her husband in New York City.

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Red, White, and Boom! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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