When the other kids make fun of Louie and call his father "the junkman," his dad explains that the so-called junk he loves "can take you right out of this world" with a little imagination. So Louie builds the spaceship Imagination I and blasts off into his own space odyssey. Reissued just in time for the fortieth anniversary of the first lunar landing, this fantastical Keats adventure celebrates the power of imagination.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||9.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983) is the Caldecott Medal winning author of The Snowy Day, which broke ground in 1962 as one of the first picture books for young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting. Since its initial publication, The Snowy Day has come to be regarded as both a children’s classic and one of the most important picture books ever written/illustrated. Ezra Jack Keats’ legacy lives on in the popularity of his most famous character, Peter—the star of The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, A Letter to Amy, Goggles, and others. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation online at www.ezra-jack-keats.org
Date of Birth:March 11, 1916
Date of Death:May 6, 1983
Place of Birth:Brooklyn, New York
Place of Death:New York, New York
Education:Thomas Jefferson High School, New York City
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When you love a book and you share it with your child, your enthusiasm is contagious and your child will also develop a love of books and reading. This book encourages your child to dream big, explore and enjoy using their imagination.
The parents of a young boy help him realize the power of imagination and creativity. Even though most of the other children do not understand why he would want to pretend to go to the moon in a spaceship made from random items, the boy has quite a memorable journey in space.The book would be very useful in discussing imagination, creativity, and ingenuity.
Ezra Jack Keats is a classic picture book author. Your library isn't complete without at least a few of his books.This one is less well-known, I think, than some of the others such as The Snowy Day... and I'm not very surprised.The story itself is great. A kid is teased for his father owning a junkyard, and his parents help him use the junk to build a pretend spaceship... so he and some of the other kids pretend to travel through space, and the story is built up with what they pretend to see. Great!Except I found it a little moralizing. Louie talks actively about "using our imagination" and "don't you have any imagination" and "they thought they ran out of imagination", and we're explicitly told that the two kids who "ran out of imagination" found themselves unable to move in their make-believe world (probably because they weren't really moving, but let's not go there). I don't hear children speaking like this in real life. It sounds more like teacher-talk than like child-talk to me - children are more likely to say "let's pretend" or "let's make like" - or to even just go ahead and *do* it. And if they can't come up with something, they say that or let somebody else make things up instead of bemoaning their lack of imagination. It's still a good book, and a good addition to your library, but I prefer The Pet Show or Whistle for Willie instead.
This story is about Louie, who was teased because of his Pop's junk. With imagination and help from his parent's, Louie can use the junk to go outer space. Louie and his friend Susie imagine they are outer space and are soon joined by their friends. Once all the other children found out about the adventure, they all wanted to go outer space.
This book is about a little boy named Louie who is constantly teased by other kids; they call his father the junkman. Louie explains this to his father, and he soon learns that with a little immagination all "this stuff" can "take you out of this world." Together, Louie and his father made a spaceship and called it Imaginaion I. Most all of the other kids laughed at his remark about traveling into space; however, Susie was thrilled and wanted to join. The very next day, Louie and Susie used their imaginations and traveled to space, where they learned about all different kinds of stuff. Once they returned, they told all of the other kids about their journey, and before long, the others wanted to travel with them as well.I would read this book to students in kindergarten through second grade. A perfect time to read this is when trying to get students to use their imaginations for something. Also, this book could be read when students are learning about space because it has to do with traveling to space.
A little boy named Louie was being teased by other children about the junk in his backyard. To much of his surprise, Louie learns from his father that with a little imagination he could reach the stars. Soon Louie finds himself in outer-space in his own rocket. The following day, Louie had many other friends who wanted to go on an exciting adventure. This would make a great read aloud book.