From the first orange glow on the water in the pond, to the last humans and animals running home from an evening rain shower, here is a day-in-the-life of a city park, and the playground within it. A rhythmic text and sweet, accessible images will immerse parents, toddlers, and young children in the summer season and the community within a park. Seasoned picture book readers may notice Emily Jenkins's classic inspirations for this book: Alvin Tresselt's Caldecott Medal-winning White Snow, Bright...
From the first orange glow on the water in the pond, to the last humans and animals running home from an evening rain shower, here is a day-in-the-life of a city park, and the playground within it. A rhythmic text and sweet, accessible images will immerse parents, toddlers, and young children in the summer season and the community within a park. Seasoned picture book readers may notice Emily Jenkins's classic inspirations for this book: Alvin Tresselt's Caldecott Medal-winning White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, and Charlotte Zolotow's The Park Book, illustrated by H. A. Rey.
PreS-Gr 2—A catalog of ordinary events that occur in a park between sunrise and sunset, these scenarios involve dogs, babies, ice-cream trucks, gardeners, and, yes, water. It runs out of a fountain for two tots on a playdate, swirls around the ankles of wading dogs, and falls from the sky in gray sheets. Graegin's warm, natural palette brings out delightful details in the mundane and attempts to elevate the plodding text to something more than a list. But when the sun finally sets on the park, readers' thirst for a story might be left decidedly unquenched.—Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH
The New York Times Book Review
- Carolyn Juris
In an author's note, Emily Jenkins says she was inspired by the various ways she saw people and animals use water during one punishing Brooklyn summer. Her story's characters are as diverse as their real-life counterparts in Prospect Park…Jenkins taps out the day's rhythm in clear, unadorned prose…
From the Publisher
Starred Review, The Bulletin, July 2013: "In addition to being a mesmerizing tale in its own right, the book offers a wide range of possible uses—it’s rich with opportunities for one-on-one seek and find, whether of water or of people, and its immediacy and vividness make it a sneaky alternative for days when weather kills off an actual park visit."
The New York Times Book Review, June 2, 2013: “Jenkins taps out the day’s rhythm in clear, unadorned prose… [with] characters as diverse as their real-life counterparts in Prospect Park.”
Starred Review, Booklist, March 15, 2013: “A wonderfully fresh look at a timeless topic.”
From sunrise to sunset on a scorching summer day, people (and animals) use the water found in a park in many different ways. "Tup tup. Tup tup." A cat drinks from a puddle. Dogs splash in the pond to stay cool. Children clean their sticky fingers or build a sand castle complete with moat. Jenkins begins this close inspection of a city's greenery at 6 a.m., when the turtles are just sliding off the rocks and the park is waking up. Every hour is told in small moments, some simple ("Around four o'clock, Benjamin F. skins his knee. / His sitter washes it clean with water from the fountain") and some amusingly poetic ("Ribbons of water seep out of the rose beds and under benches.... / Pigeons strut at the edges of the new puddles, / cooling their pigeon ankles"). But perhaps the most fun is searching Graegin's incredibly detailed illustrations. By 10 a.m., the playground is filled to the brim with kids and adults, some of whom will be introduced later in the story and others for whom readers can create their own narrative. It is a seek and find, with curiosity as a guide. Water may flow in abundance through these pages, but this title is an outpouring of observation that repays careful readers richly. (Picture book. 3-6)
EMILY JENKINS is the author of the highly successful picture book Five Creatures, which has won numerous awards, including a Boston Globe-HornBook Honor. She is also the author of the Toys trilogy and numerous other award-winning books for children. Visit her at EmilyJenkins.com/kidsbooks.html.
STEPHANIE GRAEGIN's first picture book, Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon, will publish in January 2013. Graegin received her BFA from the Maryland Institute for Fine Arts and her MFA in printmaking from Pratt.