What Shall We Play?

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Accept an invitation to play—and see what a pair of fairy wings can do!

When Martha wants to play cars, Martha, Matt, and Lily May turn into beep-beep cars in a traffic jam. And when Matt wants to be wibbly-obbly Jell-O, all three of them shake and wiggle away. But Lily May really wants to play fairies. She even brought her wings and her ...

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Overview

Accept an invitation to play—and see what a pair of fairy wings can do!

When Martha wants to play cars, Martha, Matt, and Lily May turn into beep-beep cars in a traffic jam. And when Matt wants to be wibbly-obbly Jell-O, all three of them shake and wiggle away. But Lily May really wants to play fairies. She even brought her wings and her wand. Will she ever get her wish?

With a simple narrative and bright, child-friendly illustrations, Sue Heap captures the give-and-take - and the unpredictable magic - of play time.

Lily May and her friends have fun pretending to be trees, cars, cats, Jell-O, and fairies.

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Lily May finally gets her way in Heap's (Cowboy Baby) imaginative playtime romp. The heroine states her wish at the start and remains consistent: "Let's play fairies," she says. But friends Matt and Martha prefer pretending to be trees, cars, cats and even "wibbly-wobbly Jell-O." Vignettes depict each child's activity on the left of the spread ("Matt was a big tree./ Martha was a shaky tree./ Lily May was a quiet tree"), while a full-bleed illustration of the trio, opposite, shows their ensemble ("Then all three of them were a row of trees reaching for the sky"). Throughout, cut-out drawings of pets, hats and various props infuse each spread with a childlike sensibility. "I have a magic wand," Lily May says when at last it's her turn to lead. With a single "Abracadabra!" the friends are flying with newfound wings against a background of twilight purple, mauve and indigo. By the end, Matt and Martha can't help but agree with Lily May: "I love playing fairies!" A spirited, spontaneous offering that subtly demonstrates the rewards of patience. Ages 3-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Playtime is a major part of the lives of little ones. Therefore, as the title of Sue Heap's fun filled book suggests, what to play can be a big decision. This charming book is alive with vibrant colors. It captures the feel of three friends, Lily May, Matt, and Martha, as their imaginations run rampart with play ideas. The trio consisting of one boy and two girls offers the ideal makeup. The three practice their play skills together while learning to compromise and share. All pretend to be trees, cars, cats and jell-o. They then imagine they are flying and finally end up as fairies in the sky with magic wands. For Lily May, this is the ultimate wish since she wanted to play fairies the whole time. The illustrations show that dress up and simple props can add to the play fun. Preschool and kindergarten teachers will welcome this addition to their classroom when working on cooperative play skills that allow for young minds to explore possibilities in the world of pretend. 2002, Candlewick Press,
— Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Lily May wants to play fairies, but her friends have other ideas. Matt first suggests pretending to be trees; Martha wants everyone to be cars. In turn, they all join in the activities, then imitate cats and Jell-O, until-finally-Lily May has a chance to choose. With the touch of her magic wand, the three friends turn into fairies and can fly. The illustrations soar with them. Done in bright colors reminiscent of a child's bold scribbles, the acrylic-and-crayon artwork appears flat on some pages and changes as the youngsters' imaginations become engaged to become cutout collages, lifted above the surface of the paper and set against colorful backdrops. When the children become fairies, Lily May's pink wings become glittery purple foil. This sweet story provides a subtle introduction to the concept of taking turns as well as encouraging imaginative play. It is a fun choice for reading aloud; children will enjoy imitating the characters. With its simple sentences and repeated theme, the book is also suitable for beginning readers, although some of the letters may be a bit hard to decipher due to the font choices. Nevertheless, the many picture clues will insure success.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A trio of children plays imaginative games until a twinkling of a fairy wand weaves a magical transformation. Lily May just wants to play fairies, but her friends Matt and Martha have other ideas. Each time the topic of what to do arises, her pals veto Lily's suggestion. Here Heap (Cowboy Kid, not reviewed, etc.) offers young readers a subtle lesson in cooperative play; even though Lily's idea is rejected several times, she eagerly participates in the activities, exhibiting grace and patience. The group's games include being trees, automobiles, felines, and even some Jell-O. Ultimately, Lily May's virtuous patience is amply rewarded when, with a sweep of her wand and the utterance of "abracadabra," the children become airborne sprites. Heap's colorful illustrations are a combination of acrylics, wax, and pencil crayon drawings, with the addition of collage for the fairy magic. Her comic portrayals of the three as they ingeniously interpret the various concepts contain a hearty dash of silliness that will resonate well with preschoolers. A wonderfully fanciful tale that celebrates the inventiveness of children at play. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763616854
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Heap is the illustrator of LITTLE CHICKEN CHICKEN by David Martin, THE HUNGRY MONSTER by Phyllis Root, and COWBOY KID by Max Eilenberg. She is also the author and illustrator of COWBOY BABY. Sue Heap says,"I was inspired to write WHAT SHALL WE PLAY? by a little girl who lives nearby. She had some wings and was showing me how
fairies dance - I was quite impressed!"

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