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The Trek
     

The Trek

by Ann Jonas
 

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A little girl and her friend must pass a water hole, desert, river, and trading post—all teeming with wild animals—on their imaginative trip to school. "Exudes light and warmth."—School Library Journal.

Author Biography: Ann Jonas, author-artist of Splash! and Round Trip, lives in Germantown, New York.In Her Own Words...

"I grew

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A little girl and her friend must pass a water hole, desert, river, and trading post—all teeming with wild animals—on their imaginative trip to school. "Exudes light and warmth."—School Library Journal.

Author Biography: Ann Jonas, author-artist of Splash! and Round Trip, lives in Germantown, New York.In Her Own Words...

"I grew up in a family that attached great importance to knowing how to do as many things as possible, from skating to skiing to cabinet-making to repairing the family car. Everyone always had several projects going at the same time, and drawing was considered an incidental skill, a tool for planning a project rather than an end in itself. It was only after a few years of dead-end jobs following high school that I decided some specific training might be helpful, even necessary. I attended Cooper Union and after graduation went to work in the studio of my former graphicdesign instructor.

"A few years later my husband, Donald Crews, was inducted into the Army and subsequently sent to Germany. I followed and found a job with a German advertising agency, trying to design ads with a "Madison Avenue" look for them. We lived in Germany for one-and-a-half years, sharing a rambling apartment with German friends. Our first daughter, Nina, was born there. When we returned to the United States, we started our own freelance design business.

"Our second daughter, Amy, was born, and the design business grew. It wasn't until both daughters were nearly ready for college that I considered doing books for children, and then it was only through the urging of my husband and his editor, Susan Hirschman.

"My first book, When You Were aBaby, came together very quickly. I drew strongly on memories of my children and their friends at two and three and their evident pride in their accomplishments. Two Bear Cubs was next and then Round Trip, which was the working out of an idea that had interested me in the abstract. With succeeding books, I've been trying to explore other ways of stretching children's imaginations. I find myself drawn more and more often to designing books that involve some sort of visual play. It seems like a wonderful opportunity to encourage children to look at familiar things in different ways while offering the appeal of a game or a puzzle. If I can also deal, even if only lightly, with some of a child's deeper concerns, then I feel that I've served him or her as well as I can."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An ordinary walk to school is ripe with visual possibilities for children who are willing to look carefully at Jonas's route. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 An imaginative child's walk to school through a placid neighborhood, park and shopping area becomes, instead, a trek through a jungle inhabited by wild animals at every step. (Two charts at the end of the book identify hidden animals and give an added dimension, but they also cause the ``real world'' to encroach on the story's final moment a bit too abruptly.) Jonas' artful watercolor transformations of familiar objects create camouflage creatures everywhere, immediately engaging children in this game of discovery. ``My mother doesn't walk me to school anymore,'' the story begins, as Jonas presents, with clarity of form, a daughter kissing her mother goodbye at her front door. Immediately children will get the physical sense of standing on a threshold, adventure beckoning. Reality melds into dream as The Trek offers an alternative world, ripe with creative possibilities. Taking its colors from nature, The Trek exudes light and warmth. Each picture invites the eye to enter into a jungle world whose boundaries are defined and controlled by the little girl. Best about this book is that as Jonas changes stone chimneys into giraffes, garbage bags into rhinos, creeping ivy into creeping lizards, she inspires children to keep looking beyond her pages, showing what visual metamorphoses are possible to those with fresh, seeking eyes. Susan Powers, Berkeley Carroll St. School, Brooklyn

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688047993
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/28/1985
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 10.16(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ann Jonas has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Color Dance, Reflections, and Round Trip, which was an ALA Notable Book and a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and has worked as a graphic designer for many years with her husband, Donald Crews. They live in upstate New York.

Ann Jonas has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Color Dance, Reflections, and Round Trip, which was an ALA Notable Book and a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and has worked as a graphic designer for many years with her husband, Donald Crews. They live in upstate New York.

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