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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763633089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763633080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Hest (the Baby Duck books) and Muth (Stone Soup) eloquently capture a friendship between two neighbors in the span of a morning wait for the school bus. First grader Harry and Mr. George Baker ("He's a hundred years old, no kidding," the boy claims), an African-American jazz drummer ("some people say he's famous"), share a special bond revealed through Harry's descriptive, first-person observations. "I really like his sweater,/ all hangy with three buttons./ It's chilly in the morning, and/ we both hug our knees./ And wait. We wait, watching/ leaves blow off trees." His youthful, sometimes lyrical narrative offers a peek into their understated relationship. "See his pants, all baggy, baggy, baggy?/ .../ There's candy in those pockets./ .../ George pops one in his mouth and I do too." But the biggest connection the two share is that they're both learning to read. Muth's soft watercolors maintain visual interest with varied perspectives of the same porch scene. In one, the pair sits similarly posed, arms crossed over knees, while another spread allows readers to peer out from the recesses of the porch, over their shoulders and identical book bags. With George's "crookedy fingers, going tappidy on his knees," Muth fluidly unveils a montage from a bygone era; a close-up of the man's large, dark hands fades downward into a nostalgic jazz club scene. When the bus finally arrives, both friends board, hand in hand. An upbeat, hopeful tale that speaks compellingly to intergenerational friendship. Ages 5-8.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–One-hundred-year-old George has decided to learn to read, so he waits for the school bus every morning along with his young neighbor, Harry. He studies with a group of grown-ups, while Harry does the same with his classmates down the hall. George is a musician, "a drummer man, and some people say he's famous." But to Harry, he is just a friend who shares the struggle of tackling a new skill. Harry narrates the story in short articulate sentences that present an uncomplicated picture of two unlikely friends. Watercolor illustrations depict the African-American man and the Caucasian boy and their warm relationship. The soft tones reflect the pensive feeling, but also capture the playfulness of George's rhythmic drumming as he practices reading. Interesting perspectives allow readers to see the characters from different angles–from the bottom of the porch steps looking up as they smile together, or from behind, showing matching postures and book bags. The spreads are beautifully composed–leaves swirl delicately from one side to the other, George and his wife do a graceful dance across the pages–all subtly pulling the eye from left to right. This book works well as a read-alone or a read-aloud and makes a good companion to Patricia Polacco's Thank You, Mr. Falker (Philomel, 1998).–Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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I bought this book as a library replacement for my nephew.
Latoya P Cooper
Telling a simple but beautiful story with heart and dignity, this book can be appreciated by readers (and almost-readers) of just about any age.
M. Allen Greenbaum
It is so well-illustrated, so well written, so rhythmic and lyrical.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved reading this book about the friendship between a young boy and his 100-year old neighbor, both of whom are learning to read. The prose is rhythmic, jazzy, and fun to read, and the watercolor illustrations display great texture, dimension, and emotion.

Although the situation is dramatic, the author and the illustrator take their time telling the story. There are no explosive moments or insights, just the little details of the everyday, set against a larger background of recent American history. Harry notices Mr. Baker's crumpled shoes and how they're always tied, the suspenders of his pants, and how the leaves float and swoop in the chilly morning air (the two sitting on porch, hugging their knees) as they wait for the schoolbus.

Mr. Baker's wife comes out, and in two subtle but evocative pages Hest and Muth suggest their relationship. Against a soft as memory background of a New Orleans style jazz band, we discover that George Baker "is a drummer man, and some people say he's famous." After the bus delivers them to school, Mr. Baker and the school children sit comfortably together with a common goal:

"'We can do it,' says George after school...

his lips sound out the letters.

Real slow. But his fingers fly across his knees. Like a big old drum."

Telling a simple but beautiful story with heart and dignity, this book can be appreciated by readers (and almost-readers) of just about any age. Great production values by publisher Candlewick: Thick paper, easily read letters in "Integrity" font, and big, easy-going pictures. Very highly recommended!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Estorga on February 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this because it was recommended by a book club I'm part of; it turned out to be a great investment. The story is written like music ~ there is a rhythm in it that is just really enjoyable. My son (4.5 y.o.) particularly loves the end -- "Tappitty-boom, tappitty-boom..." Although the underlying message (you're never too old to learn) is lost on him at his age, I have no doubt that eventually it will stick. For now, he usually just enjoys the beauty of the illustrations and the musical flow of the story's words.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Wetterholt on November 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This powerful yet gentle picture book tells a marvellously uplifting and hopeful story. Centenarian George Baker is learning to read, just like his much younger neighbor Harry. Their commonality of purpose, along with the innocence of Harry's simple straightforward point of view, speaks volumes for the case of equality of opportunity. George's musical fame is secondary to Harry; he's happy enough knowing he has a friend to ride the bus with and who is tackling the same challenge as he is. Crossing racial and generational lines, this fine story shows that we are all equal before the vast mountain of dreams and ambition, that learning is a laudable goal regardless of one's circumstance or history, and that hope and confidence are universal. George and Harry quietly exude pride and sureness, and we as readers feel moved to cheer them on.

This is simply a fantastic book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Reiker on September 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In this charming story, a 100-year old man, Mr. George Baker, decides to learn to read alongside his little friend Harry. The road is hard, but the message clear: you're never too old to try.

I teach 12th grade literature, and I read this story to my students in the first week of school. My students respond to the sweet and powerful writing with rapt attention and respect. The story never fails to get them talking about the importance of literacy. Thank you Ms. Hest!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann on November 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Mr. George Baker is a book full of neat illustrations that are different on each page. It is a beautiful story about a young boy and an old man completely different, but alike in that they go to school together to learn how to read. Each illustration is a beautiful watercolor that goes right along with the storyline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
mr george baker is fun to read. it's about a man and a boy. the man is one hundred years old an does not know how to read so also the boy does not know how to read so they go to school.
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Love this book! Was introduced to it last year and used it today to begin a Reading inservice Beautiful relationship between an elderly man and a young neighbor boy.
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This tender picture book is a story of a beautiful friendship between two unlikely people. They are neighbours and Mr. George Baker is one hundred years old while his friend Harry is only in first grade. Each morning they sit together on George's porch and suck chocolate candies while waiting for the bus to take them off to school. You see George was an African-American jazz drummer in his prime, but unfortunately was never taught to read. He knows that his illiteracy problem needs to be corrected so he is taking charge and doing something about it. He is a very unique and brave man who makes that long journey to the local school each day determined to succeed in his quest to understand the written words on a page. Both he and Harry are bonded together because they are learning to read. When the bus finally arrives they board it holding on to hands... happy to be together and looking out for each other. At school Mr. Baker studies with a group of grown-ups while Harry does the same in his classroom down the hall. The muted watercolours by Jon J. Muth, wash across the pages exposing simple and engaging images with many details to be enjoyed. It is a hopeful, inspiring tale that speaks compellingly to intergenerational friendship. It teaches us to respect people for who they are and appreciate their individualities. It urges us to accept people regardless of their age, race or the challenges in their lives.
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