Tony's Hard Work Dayby Alan Arkin, AnnMarie Infanger (Illustrator)
The new house in the country needs fixing. Father is hammering, Mother is sewing, Matthew is painting, and Adam is chopping. But four-year-old Tony isn't doing anything, because they won't let him help. "You are too small," they all say ... or so they think. So, with his dog at his side, Tony goes for a walk in the woods and decides that he will work on his own project. And that is exactly what he does - with mud and water, leaves and grass, trees and pebbles, and stones. Tony works the whole day long, and what he does will delight his readers as much as it excites his family.
About the Author: Alan Arkin is an Oscar-nominated and Tony-award winning actor, director, and writer. Alan has authored six books for children, including The Lemming Condition, which was chosen for inclusion in the White House library.
- Smith, Gibbs Publisher
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 9.37(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.42(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
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There was a lot of work to do in the country. Painting work and cleaning work and hanging up curtains and taking down spiderwebs and hammering and nailing and things like that. "Let me help," Tony said to his father. "Let me hammer." "No, you are too small," Tony's father answered. "You would hit yourself with the hammer, and then you would cry, and we would all have to stop working and hold you for a little while, so that's not a good idea."
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Wonderful book. I enjoyed the story thoroughly and the illustrations even more so. I love childrens books and this is one of my favorites. I hope to see more books illustrated by Ann Marie Infanger. The book is one to treasure.
'Tony's Hard Work Day' captures the imagination of youth and every child's wish to be part of the grown-up world. With wonderful illustrations from AnnMarie Infanger this book is a classic for any son, daughter, nephew, niece, grandchild, neighbor, or friend. It's GREAT!
I was given this book when I was a little girl and it instantly became one of my favorite books. I still keep it in my library today. The book is wildly imaginative and teaches children that the only real limits that exist are the ones they make, not the ones others try to make them adhere to. It's a shame that this book is no longer in print because it's truly timeless. If you see it anywhere grab a copy and then torture yourself by giving it away to a child that's dear to you.