Ernestine is in over her head. Monday through Sunday, Ernestine’s week is packed with after-school lessons—tuba, knitting, sculpting, water ballet, yoga, yodeling, and karate. Overwhelmed and exhausted, Ernestine decides to take matters into her own hands and heads off to the park with her Nanny where she builds a fort, watches the clouds, and plays all kinds of unstructured and imaginative games. But when a teacher calls Ernestine's mom to report that she has not shown up for yodeling, her parents search everywhere until at last they hear their daughter's laughter coming from the park. Ernestine tells her parents what a wonderful afternoon she's had, and explains her plight, asking, "I like my lessons, but can't I stop some of them?" This saga hilariously captures the dilemma of the modern-day over-scheduled child in riotous color and absurd extremes. A delightful heroine, Ernestine will be sure to put “play” back on everyone’s agenda, demonstrating that in today’s overscheduled world, everyone needs the joy of play and the simple wonders of childhood.
|Product dimensions:||10.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Linda Ravin Lodding works abroad in media and public affairs for the United Nations. Suzanne Beaky is the illustrator of the Hailey Twitch chapter book series and several picture books. She is a recipient of the Ellen Dolan Memorial Mentorship Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Missouri. She lives in Kirksville, Missouri.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ernestine Buckmeister is a busy little girl. On Mondays she learned to sculpt with clay. On Tuesday she had water ballet lessons. On Wednesdays she had knitting lessons. On Thursdays she took tuba lessons. On Fridays she had yodeling lessons. On Saturdays she studied karate. On Sundays she learned yoga.Ernestine¿s neighbor, Hugo, did not go to lessons. He played every day. Ernestine longed to play with her neighbor, but she did not have time. One day, Ernestine decided to schedule some time for herself; she and her nanny stopped and played. It was delightful for them both.A story that many children and parents would love to hear, might need to hear, with fun exaggerated illustrations and text. ¿One afternoon Hugo shouted, `Look out!¿ as his ball sailed over the fence and landed in Ernestine¿s tuba. WHOMP!Ernestine bounced the ball to Nanny and squealed, `Bounce it back!¿`Oh dear,¿ said Nanny. `It¿s time for tuba.¿Ernestine sighed and passed the ball back to Hugo.¿
We discovered this book at a "meet the author" event at a local bookstore. My kids just love it. Every year when I have to go up to school and read a book aloud, my kids pick this one. All the kids in class love it and start interrupting me to tell me how over scheduled they are!!! They can relate to the book. I highly recommend it. Very funny and well illustrated!