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Seven-year-old Angel is suffering through the hottest day of her life—ever! Between the heat and the summer doldrums, her whole family is miserable. Then her mother and her aunt Lucy surprise her by suggesting they sleep out on the roof. Angel makes the most of this thrilling escape from the ordinary, and, best of all, morning brings the long-awaited relief. Fanciful, tender illustrations celebrate the everyday magic of a summer rain shower and the kind of shared moments that ...

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Overview

Seven-year-old Angel is suffering through the hottest day of her life—ever! Between the heat and the summer doldrums, her whole family is miserable. Then her mother and her aunt Lucy surprise her by suggesting they sleep out on the roof. Angel makes the most of this thrilling escape from the ordinary, and, best of all, morning brings the long-awaited relief. Fanciful, tender illustrations celebrate the everyday magic of a summer rain shower and the kind of shared moments that become a family’s lasting memories.

On the hottest night of the hottest part of a very hot summer, Angel, her aunt, and mother drag their mattress to the rooftop to sleep and hope for cooler weather.

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"Both the realistic premise and the dreamy fantasy are propelled by Bronson's unique, motion-filled artwork....A jubilant celebration." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"Vivid scene-setting and quiet depiction of family relationships...an atmospheric read-aloud that may inspire intergenerational sharing of memories." THE BULLETIN Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Rich in subtle expressions of feeling and character...vividly conveys both the opressive heat of summer and the warmth within an urban family." KIRKUS, starred Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"This charming story will be a perfect antidote to summer's swelter." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal

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K-Gr 3-This charming story will be a perfect antidote to the summer's swelter. It is so hot that Angel's mom and Aunt Lucy decide to reenact a childhood experience and take a mattress up on the roof. As Angel lies beneath the dark and purple sky, she tries to conjure up the thought of melting ice cubes to count, hoping that if she gets up to 1000, they would magically cool her. As she falls asleep, even the buildings surrounding her seem to dance, bending in bright, parfait colors in the inky sky. When she awakens, the sky carries a breeze and the promise of coolness as the first drops of rain start to fall, and the three rush to carry the mattress to safety. Afterward, the sisters returned to their chairs to revel in the raindrops, their nightgowns puffed up around them like tents. Angel dances in her underwear, singing her own version of "Amazing Grace." The three African-American characters are portrayed with swirling, soft circles with jazzy, stylized facial features and elongated limbs. Pair this with Karen Hesse's Come on, Rain! (Scholastic, 1999) or Elinor Lander Horwitz's When the Sky Is Like Lace (HarperCollins, 1987) for a trio of summer delights.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Rich in subtle expressions of feeling and character, this visit to tar beach vividly conveys both the oppressive heat of summer and the warmth within an urban family. After Angel's mother and her visiting aunt puff their way up the stairs with an old mattress and some kitchen chairs, Angel lies under the stars, counting ice cubes, listening to the cadences of conversation: ". . . the rhythm of a question and an answer and a question and the beginning of another long, long story about someone she didn't know." Then she dreams of the buildings all around leaning together to talk "about the stars in the sky and the little streets like threads below them." Angel wakes to a magically lit dawn, and a rain shower that sets her to dancing and singing in her underwear, while the grownups laugh and harmonize. The lines in Bronson's flexible city scenes curve and sweep to match Angel's dance, behind broad, brown faces drawn in Chris Raschka-like planes, and in colors that melt from steamy daytime pinks and yellows to cooler evening blues and purples, and then to a mix of hues seen through big drops of rain. Readers will be counting ice cubes along with Angel, and feeling the same sense of refreshment. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618234936
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/27/2005
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Perry is a teacher, a writer, and a new-media artist. This is her first book. She lives with her family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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