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Something Special

Something Special

by Nicola Moon, Alex Ayliffe (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ayliffe's crayon-bright collage illustrations outshine Moon's predictable story about an African American boy whose mother is too busy with his newborn sister to help him find "something special" for show-and-tell. Especially animated when depicting Charlie's bustling classroom, the full-bleed art shows the other, more prepared students participating in a show-and-tell session with an extremely multicultural focus: Raju brings an Indian confection, Lu Mei a dragon kite from China, Shireen a sparkling sari. Back home, Charlie elicits his sibling's very first smile, which melts his resentment and solves his dilemma of what "very, very special" thing he will bring to school. Ayliffe enriches her collages' clean shapes with thoughtful details: fuzzy-looking, torn-paper stuffed animals are strewn around, tiny snippets of paper suggest the ribbed edges of Charlie's bulky sweater and the dragon kite is an explosion of firecracker-red and hot-pink squares linked with white paper "string." Even with the cheerful art, however, this offering from the collaborators of Lucy's Picture doesn't quite live up to its title. Ages 2-6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Friday is "Show and Tell" day at school, and Charlie can't find anything special to share with his classmates. Mom can't help because she is always too busy with the new baby. When six-week-old Sally smiles her first real smile at Charlie, he recognizes that the perfect "something special" has been right in front of him all along. Moon and Ayliffe depict a multicultural classroom in which Lu Mei brings a dragon kite, Raju shares treats from India, and Shireen models a beautiful sari. Brightly colored artwork done in torn-paper collage adds to the mood and provides enough visual interest to supplement the fairly lengthy text. A warm, loving story for uncertain older siblings or for children who are new to the school environment.Sharon R. Pearce, San Antonio Public Library, TX

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Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
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Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
10.73(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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