Someone Says

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In the morning, as always, we line up to go into school.
Someone says, "Let's leapfrog in."
And . . .
spring-boink, spring-sproink
. . . we do.

Join this lively group of Asian children as they pretend and imagine their way through the day, becoming ponies that prance, birds that swoop, tigers that slurp, ...

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Overview

In the morning, as always, we line up to go into school.
Someone says, "Let's leapfrog in."
And . . .
spring-boink, spring-sproink
. . . we do.

Join this lively group of Asian children as they pretend and imagine their way through the day, becoming ponies that prance, birds that swoop, tigers that slurp, and dreamers who invent a thousand other things to become . . . on another day.

Carole Lexa Schaefer and Pierr Morgan, author and illustrator of The Squiggle, bring together vibrant artwork and onomatopoeic language to celebrate and inspire the wondrous creativity of children.

Illustrated by Pierr Morgan.

A day at preschool has leaping frogs, dancing ponies, flapping wings, eating like tigers, and all the things that children can dream.

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Publishers Weekly
In this low-key account of imaginative play, nine classmates spend a day making up pleasant activities. Each time "someone" proposes a game, the rest happily cooperate. When they arrive at school, "Someone says, `Let's leapfrog in.' And... spring-boink, spring-sproink we do." As the smiling children hop, frog shapes in neon-bright outlines are superimposed on their bodies. Later, during art class, "Someone says, `Mei Lin can't stand still. Let's draw her dancing like a pony.' " A lively girl, drawn in gestural black ink strokes, prances and bows while her friends use bamboo brushes to paint curvy blue and purple horses. Schaefer and Morgan (who previously teamed up for The Squiggle and Snow Pumpkin) imply the classmates' Asian heritage with visual motifs such as ink stamps, and their fanciful creations include classical singers with white-painted faces and flowing kimonos. With chopsticks (or their hands), the kids play at being hungry tigers who "slip, sloop, slurp" a snack of noodles, and they pretend to build a multicolored pagoda from mundane wooden blocks. Morgan uses ribbony strokes of color to draw the nine individualized children, and an undecorated, tepid beige background leaches the heat out of her flushed pinks and intense blues. Despite the silliness of Schaefer's onomatopoeia and the mobile characters, this book's repetitive formula and mild pictures may suit restful readers better than a high-energy audience. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
We join a group of youngsters as they line up and leapfrog into school-'spring-boink, spring-sproink." They not only sing songs with the teacher, but make up their own-"mi-fah-fah, la-dee-dah." They draw, build with blocks, play that they are birds in the play yard, eat their lunch "like tigers," then go home to rest up for another day of imaginary fun. The minimal text is set in large black type as part of the double-page layouts. The black marker outlines present nine casually-clad , happy boys and girls very actively involved in these typical school activities. Morgan reflects some Chinese painting styles in creating the scenes of action, adding prancing ponies, swirling birds, a deliciously attractive trio of friendly tigers, etc. in the backgrounds. The illustrations are produced in bright Prismacolor markers and gouache paints which leave lots of the tan pages exposed. Readers are clearly invited to join the fun. 2003, Viking/Penguin Books for Young Readers Group, Ages 3 to 6.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Spirited children let their imaginations soar as they build, sing, draw, and snack. Glossy beige pages provide the canvas for fluid artwork that captures both the real and the fanciful in their daily routines. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Freely brushed human and animal figures seem to dance across the unpainted backgrounds in this energetic tribute to imaginative play. Responding to anonymous suggestions, warmly dressed young children leap into school like frogs, make up new songs rather than sing the usual ones, draw a classmate as a prancing horse, work together to build a house from blocks, imagine themselves as birds and tigers, and then finally saunter home to dream further dreams for the next day. Inspired by Chinese motifs and a particular style of Chinese art, Morgan gives both the young folk and the looming, sketchier animal or other forms they conjure up an Asian cast-but children of any culture will understand and respond enthusiastically to the creative impulse expressed with such infectious energy here. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670036646
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.36 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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