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PreSchool-Grade 2–When Jabari finds a lost glove on the subway stairs, he is determined to reunite it with its owner, although his mother tells him it will be difficult to do so. As they walk through their neighborhood, the boy asks various people if they have lost a glove. Through interesting dialogue, Johnson conveys the child's admirable determination and also serves up a low-key lesson in community helpers, as the individuals describe the hand wear needed to do their particular type of work (e.g., construction workers use heavy suede gloves, the fish seller wears rubber gloves). Finally, Jabari spots a teary-eyed girl with one bare hand and the mystery is solved. The colorful watercolor paintings are filled with action and capture quite well the big-city flavor of the story. Children will be drawn to the characters' engaging faces, with their realistic expressions. The illustrations are framed, separating them nicely from the text. The large pictures and accessible language make this appealing book appropriate for reading aloud. Use it to supplement units on community helpers or city life.–Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
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K-Gr. 3. Who hasn't seen a forlorn single glove lying on the street and wondered if someone is looking for it? As Jabari, a young African American boy, leaves his subway stop, he finds a blue wool glove, and he informs his mother that he is going to find the owner. Mom warns him how difficult that will be, and as they walk through their neighborhood, he doesn't have much luck. That doesn't mean his search isn't interesting: construction workers tell him about their thick gloves; a fish vender talks about his rubber ones; a policewoman explains why her gloves are white. Jabari begins to agree with his mother about the difficulty of his task. Then he spies a girl wearing only one blue glove, and he knows he has succeeded. The figures in the watercolor artwork are stiff, but the scenes are lively and capture a city setting. This has the easy feel of a real escapade and lots of information to boot. Ilene Cooper
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