Sidewalk Trip

Sidewalk Trip

by Patricia Hubbell
     
 
I'm splashing through a puddle with a splish, splish, splish.
Ice cream! Ice cream! Ice cream!
Is my wish, wish, wish.What better reason to take a walk through the neighborhood than to meet the ice cream truck. Patricia Hubbell's bouncy verse wonderfully mimics the hopping, skipping, giddy energy of a child on her way to an icy cone. Mari Takabayashi

Overview

I'm splashing through a puddle with a splish, splish, splish.
Ice cream! Ice cream! Ice cream!
Is my wish, wish, wish.What better reason to take a walk through the neighborhood than to meet the ice cream truck. Patricia Hubbell's bouncy verse wonderfully mimics the hopping, skipping, giddy energy of a child on her way to an icy cone. Mari Takabayashi captures every delicious detail along the way—from pigeons pecking at popcorn to the last bite of ice cream.

Author Biography:

Patricia Hubbell has been writing poetry since she was eleven years old. In 1998, her Wrapping Paper Romp was selected as a Parents Magazine Book of the Year. Patricia Hubbell lives with her husband, Harold Hornstein, in Easton, Connecticut, the small town where she was born. Remembering how much their children and grandchildren loved to bounce when they were very young prompted her to write Bouncing Time. "Bouncing is one of the joyous things little kids do," she says. "It reflects their constant enthusiasm."

Editorial Reviews

Sheila M. Geraty
Pleasingly simple illustrations depct a young girl's walk down the street with her mother through a colorful urban neighborhood. The word repetition in he lively, rhyming text adds a festive tone to the duo's quest for "drippy, drippy" ice cream cones. The square-shaped book, perfect for little hands, will encourage listener participation.
The Horn Book Guide
Children's Literature - Eileen Hanning
New from the "Harper Growing Tree" series, this lovely picture book will engage and delight young children. Follow a little girl and her mother as they walk through the city to get an ice cream cone. Hubbell's rhythmic, rhyming verse combines beautifully with Takabayashi's colorful, primitive illustrations, creating a playful summertime story that is fun to read aloud.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Accompanied by her mother, a rotund little girl skips happily down the street spouting verse as she goes. The rhymes usually pertain to the scene they are passing at the moment, but also refer to their eventual goal-the ice cream truck. In a book designed for two-year-olds, the fact that the text does not always match the illustrations but refers to a desired future event may cause confusion. The rhymes themselves are uninspired and scan awkwardly: "Hop. Jump. Lick./Hop. Jump. Lick./I'm dancing down the sidewalk/with my ice cream cone to lick." Even toddlers know that dancing with an ice cream cone spells disaster. The illustrations, done largely in pastel tones with an occasional jarring primary or earth tone, contain several oddities, including a turquoise fire hydrant, a policeman with three-days beard growth, and a dog licking the little girl on the mouth. All of the people appear stiff and awkward, and are at odds with the intended excitement and energy of the situation. For a stroll with more pizzazz, stick with Sue Williams's I Went Walking (Gulliver, 1990).-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Aided by Takabayashi and her paint-box-bright cityscapes, Hubbell (Pots and Pans, 1998, etc.) packs an impressive sense of adventure into this Growing Tree entry for the very young. A girl and her mother are out, and their destination is the ice cream truck. While ice cream is clearly on the girl's mind—"Ice cream! Ice cream! Ice cream! is my wish, wish, wish"—she is just as happy about the journey, making it as exciting as possible. There are animals to check out, puddles to splash through, intersections to negotiate: "I'm marching down the sidewalk on my own two feet./Policeman at the corner whistles tweet! tweet! tweet!" After she gets her cone, the girl continues hopping and dancing and jumping. Story and art are almost jet-propelled by enthusiasm that directly emanates from the way one child experiences the world. If readers don't demand ice cream by the end of book, they haven't been paying attention. (Picture book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780694011742
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Series:
Harper Growing Tree Series, #2
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

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