What Happens on Wednesdays
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What Happens on Wednesdays

by Emily Jenkins, Lauren Castillo
     
 

A preschooler marks the progress of her day, not by the clock but by what happens after lunch, after nap, after swimming, after the library - and after Daddy comes home. She doesn't map her neighborhood by street signs, either. Her morning walk to see dogs in the park takes her past the cat outside the deli, past her friend Errolyn's building and the daycare where

Overview

A preschooler marks the progress of her day, not by the clock but by what happens after lunch, after nap, after swimming, after the library - and after Daddy comes home. She doesn't map her neighborhood by street signs, either. Her morning walk to see dogs in the park takes her past the cat outside the deli, past her friend Errolyn's building and the daycare where she used to go when she was little, and down the block to the bagel store.

The sounds, tastes, smells, and sights of a multiethnic Brooklyn neighborhood, as seen through a child's eyes and captured with enchanting pictures by debut illustrator Lauren Castillo, will encourage children to make their own sensory maps and list the events in their daily schedules.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The voice is pitch perfect."—The New York Times

"Finding the transcendent in the ordinary . . . The story's central emotions about familial love and joyful, daily milestones will speak to children everywhere."—Starred, Booklist

"A preschooler's ingenuouslength narration of her day is a catalogue of the sweetly ordinary sights and events that make up the lenght and breadth of her reassuringly stable world."—Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"Radiant mixed-media art by a debut illustrator captures the warmth and candor in Jenkins's sparkling slice-of-life tale."—Starred, Publishers Weekly

“Castillo’s slightly impressionistic mixed-media illustrations give viewers a real feel for the youngster’s Brooklyn neighborhood.”—School Library Journal

“It's a valentine to the city and the pleasures of everyday life.” Bloomberg News

"Readers . . . will be glad to be reminded of the joy to be found in everyday routines."The Christian Science Monitor

"A sorting... of a full and busy life in a familiar neighborhood...this offers [kids] a model of how they might map their own days and ways."

—Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

Julie Just
The voice is pitch perfect…The details of the journey from dawn to dusk, to school and playground and back again, become a valentine to ordinary days, which in the end, this book conveys, are really the special ones.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

Radiant mixed-media art by a debut illustrator captures the warmth and candor in Jenkins's (Five Creatures) sparkling slice-of-life tale, narrated by a much-loved child in Brooklyn. From the moment she wakes up all the way to her bedtime, the unnamed girl describes everything that happens on Wednesdays, along the way giving a sense of her personality ("Today is not a kissing day," she reminds her parents several times), her neighborhood (she knows all of the dogs by name), her school and, especially, her joy in her routines. "Then we go down the steps, up the block where we once saw an umbrella caught in a tree, past the bakery where we got that chocolate croissant," she says, and readers can almost hear her pointing these landmarks out to her mother, whose hand she holds in Castillo's collage. Intriguingly, Castillo shows the mother/daughter pair several times on this spread, forcing readers to follow them along the route. Not that the audience needs a push-Castillo makes the scale unusually friendly, the colors mild and the lines agreeably soft, while her figures and trees look drawn from crayon or pencil and then cut and pasted in, rendered almost like the work of children. The girl's apartment proves especially inviting, with large areas (wallpapers, bedspreads) collaged from patterned paper. Throughout, the artist shows real skill with color, punctuating urban grays and browns with the girl's red clothes. But for all the various touches, the look is unified-and extremely effective. Ages 3-6. (Aug.)

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Kirkus Reviews
"What happens on Wednesdays is I wake up when it is still dark out." From dark to dark, a preschooler's ingenuous narration of her day is a catalogue of the sweetly ordinary sights and events that make up the length and breadth of her reassuringly stable world. Jenkins's deep understanding of what a small child marks as important informs every line of this tale, from her protagonist's declaration of independence that "today is not a kissing day" to her very personal map of her neighborhood. That takes her "up the block where we once saw an umbrella caught in a tree, past the bakery where we got that chocolate croissant, across the street, past the daycare where I used to go when I was little. . . . " Newcomer Castillo's illustrations evoke Margot Zemach, with thick smudgy lines and a wintertime palette that celebrates the leafless beauty and energy of this intimate patch of Brooklyn. From what is same every Wednesday (the preschool routine) to what is different (late afternoon play), every moment is both as particular as this one unnamed child and as general as every child. Another domestic triumph. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374383039
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/07/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 8.85(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

EMILY JENKINS is the author of many acclaimed picture books, including two Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Books, Five Creatures and That New Animal. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

LAUREN CASTILLO received her master's degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and also lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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