The Outside Inn

The Outside Inn

by George Ella Lyon, Vera Rosenberry
     
 

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'The watercolor paintings are truly marvelous as they depict a multiethnic quartet of boys and girls spending a beautiful day by a pond expanding on mud-pie possibilities. (A) rousing, reactive read-aloud...Quiet time with each illustration is most rewarding. --School Library Journal

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'The watercolor paintings are truly marvelous as they depict a multiethnic quartet of boys and girls spending a beautiful day by a pond expanding on mud-pie possibilities. (A) rousing, reactive read-aloud...Quiet time with each illustration is most rewarding. --School Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This slight, mildly amusing offering from the creators of Together features a freestyle poem about the menu at a ``make believe'' restaurant by a small woodland pond, where meals `` Squirm in your spoon / and wriggle at your chin.'' There are such delicacies as caterpillar feet, slugs in a sack, ants with ketchup and puddle ink, and all are prepared by an active gang of multi-ethnic children who finally gross out even themselves with a special dessert: worms and dirt. While the brief text may give children a giggle and a shiver or two, the watercolor paintings are rather dreary. Rosenberry's palette is a blend of washed-out grays and browns, and while her crawlie creatures are admirably creepy, her human subjects are stiff, disproportionate and even--in the only closeup of their faces--grotesque. The book may inspire youngsters to come up with their own squirmy snacks, but when it comes to multiple readings, it isn't likely to generate many requests for seconds. Ages 2-6. (Aug.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- This clumsy little poem enhanced by glorious illustrations will gather groans, gags, and giggles from young audiences. Lyon's text seems to have been inspired by the phrase ``What's for snack? Slugs in a sack.'' She goes on to try to fill out the day with rhyme and slime. The rhyme in the words ``breakfast'' and ``ketchup'' is a bit elusive; ``puddle ink'' and ``drink,'' or ``mud-pie thinner'' and ``dinner'' work better, but what are they really? Young listeners, however, won't mind these textual flaws as they respond enthusiastically to each course. The watercolor paintings are truly marvelous as they depict a multiethnic quartet of boys and girls spending a beautiful day by a pond expanding on mud-pie possibilities. After the full meal at The Outside Inn , the children return home, leaving behind tasty morsels for the wildlife that prefer such stuff. Rosenberry gives creepy crawlies an integrity that is tantalizing if not tasty. Even the endpapers celebrate the beauty of insects, slugs, and worms. While the book is fine as a rousing, reactive read-aloud, quiet time with each illustration is most rewarding. --Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531070864
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.51(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
1 - 6 Years

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