Waving: A Counting Book

Waving: A Counting Book

by Peter Sís

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mary and her mother wave for a cab; two bicyclists, driving in front of the taxi, respond by waving back. Soon a chain reaction of people waving consumes the city with warmth and friendliness. The scene involves three boys walking dogs, four girls in a car, five mailmen, six policemenand waiters, joggers, musicians and, of course, the inevitable tourists and out-of-towners; the numbers for each group range from one to 15. The prime movers of the wave of good cheer, Mary and her mother, exit the scene and head for home on foot. This is a jolly counting book, highly original and a terrific greeting card from the big city to the rest of the world. With Sis's fine ink lines, subtle backgrounds and crayon-bright watercolors, the place looks more like a cozy neighborhood than a bustling burg. Ages 4-up. (April)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 This inventive counting book will delight not only city folk, but many other grownups and children as well. Mary's mother waves for a taxi, and two bicyclists wave back. Soon, in this cumulative nonsense tale, mounted police, girl scouts, and many others are waving, including 15 taxicab drivers waving at everybody waving at them! Mother and daughter resign themselves to walking home. This book has the economy, originality, and humor of Pat Hutchins' Rosie's Walk (Macmillan, 1968) and will make even the younger children smile. A frieze of city buildings in gray and black decorates the back ground on each page. Many number de tails, jokes, and puzzles are penciled in for sophisticated readers to enjoy. Against this unobtrusive background moves a jolly cast of characters painted in bright watercolors. Taxicab yellow accents escort readers from page to page. The ethnic diversity and individ uality of a large city has been captured for young readers in a book to which they will surely return. An unusually attractive, humorous working of one of our oldest picture book genres. Anna Biagioni Hart, Sherwood Regional Li brary, Alexandria, Va.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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