Told in joyful, rhythmic text and bold, appealing art, the story of this mouth-watering feast is a perfect book for reading aloud and for sharing. Full-color illustrations.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyHomey, large-scale paintings and spry cumulative verse describe how a woman prepares dinner for two--and how the tables are turned on her. Ages 5-8. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Susan Schott KarrWith an old-woman-who-swallowed-a-fly flavor, Crescent Dragonwagon presents us with an animated account of the chores and cooking that Glenda involves herself with during the course of a day-all in anticipation of Ned's arrival. Just when the addition of repetitive lines and Ned's impending homecoming seem predictable, the author throws in a monkey wrench: a gaggle of people appear at the door. With the shift in plan comes a series of variations on the original lines. Although told from a first-person point of view, Glenda remains somewhat in the background. Seltzer's vivid paintings on canvas of everyday objects and food add a pulse to this rhyming tale. Following no set pattern, Seltzer crops some pictures close up, while widening his imaginary lens to frame others from across each room. Text and pictures work well together in this bright, affectionate story. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 3-- In classic cumulative tale style with elements added one by one, the narrator shows readers first the bread she baked for Ned, and then--the cheese, the salad, the soup, the olives, tulips in a jug, the two soup bowls and spoons--all prepared for Ned's arrival. When Ned gets home, he brings 13 guests, as well as a few cats and dogs. But there is enough for all, and when the meal is over the guests pitch in and help clean up. The story ends in a satisfying circular way with ``I'll bake again in the morning.'' Glenda, the narrator, offers her Ned food for the soul as well as the stomach, and Seltzer's paintings of both food and people are superlative. Earthy colors are applied opaquely on canvas with the fabric grain showing through. Backgrounds are filled with distinct geometric shapes emphasizing, by contrast, the natural shapes of the earth--the bread, the lettuce, the olives. The braided bread, color and shape, is repeated in a glimpse of the earth through an open window. Definitely a book to savor ``again in the morning,'' and anytime. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, McKinney, TX
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.78(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.14(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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