The Rolling Store

The Rolling Store

by Angela Johnson, Peter Catalanotto
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
A nostalgic look at old-time peddlers inspires two enterprising youngsters in Johnson's (When I Am Old with You) tender story. An African American girl tells her friend about her grandfather's fond memory of the Rolling Store that came, "with all its wonders," to "the crossroads by the pine woods" so people could buy "what they needed and didn't need." And while the two kids imagine what shopping was like in Granddaddy's day, they are busy preparing some Rolling Store magic of their own. Catalanotto's (Who Came Down That Road?) sun-splashed watercolor-and-pencil paintings simultaneously depict the breezy summer scenes of Granddaddy's country childhood and those of the two contemporary children baking the cookies, squeezing the lemonade, painting the rocks and stringing bead necklaces that they will sell from their red-wagon rolling store. The girl's careful recollection-and imitation-of her grandfather's descriptions subtly demonstrate the warm respect and love she has for him. The girl and her pal also exhibit a lively sense of fun and of teamwork.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A nostalgic look at old-time peddlers inspires two enterprising youngsters in Johnson's (When I Am Old with You) tender story. An African American girl tells her friend about her grandfather's fond memory of the Rolling Store that came, "with all its wonders," to "the crossroads by the pine woods" so people could buy "what they needed and didn't need." And while the two kids imagine what shopping was like in Granddaddy's day, they are busy preparing some Rolling Store magic of their own. Catalanotto's (Who Came Down That Road?) sun-splashed watercolor-and-pencil paintings simultaneously depict the breezy summer scenes of Granddaddy's country childhood and those of the two contemporary children baking the cookies, squeezing the lemonade, painting the rocks and stringing bead necklaces that they will sell from their red-wagon rolling store. The girl's careful recollectionand imitationof her grandfather's descriptions subtly demonstrate the warm respect and love she has for him. The girl and her pal also exhibit a lively sense of fun and of teamwork. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Susan Fournier
Johnson, who is a past winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, writes a wonderful story linking the past with the present. Two friends recreate a "rolling store" on a wagon as one tells the other a story of the travelling store from the days when her granddaddy was young. The store was a source of great happiness and adventure for the granddaddy as it was the only shopping opportunity available then. The man who brought the travelling store to town sang a familiar song, which alerted the townspeople of his arrival. The illustrator has intricately woven the girls' present playtime activities with images of the grandfather's memories of the past. The result is a charming experience for readers of all ages. Enjoy it with a grandchild or friend as it is bound to spark a discussion of the way things used to be.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2While making beaded necklaces, baking cookies, decorating fans, and loading their wares onto a red wagon, an African-American girl shares her Granddaddy's story with her blond girlfriend. Back when "he was little and the world was young," a red truck, the rolling store, visited the countryside laden with all sorts of treasures. Its arrival was a celebration during which purchases were carefully considered, friends gossiped, and young romance blossomed until, finally, the store rolled away again. As her story unfolds, the wagon is gradually filled; at its conclusion, who should arrive but Granddaddy. And with an exuberant hug, he adds his voice to the song of this new "rolling store" as it starts its trip through the neighborhood. This mood piece is a fine example of the syncopation of text and art. Catalanotto's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are in perfect harmony with Johnson's story: soft and sweet. Their dreaminess conveys a sense of a distant time and place. Expressions, postures, and composition enhance the simple but lyrical prose. Telling details in the artwork limn personalities, and Granddaddy's distinctive hat in the final scene will send readers back to trace his personal role in the events of the past. Discernibly overstocked with sentimentality, The Rolling Store also delivers some basic truths about human nature. It reads aloud beautifully and provides independent readers with a special experience to savor and ponder.Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531330159
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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