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Hurry Down to Derry Fair Hardcover – May 10, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763632082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763632083
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 9.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dori Chaconas is the author of many books for children, including Virginnie’s Hat, illustrated by Holly Meade, and Don’t Slam the Door!, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. She remembers the fairs of her childhood fondly: "So much to see! So much to do! ‘Wake up! Today is the day of the fair!’" Dori Chaconas lives in Wisconsin.

Gillian Tyler has illustrated several books for children, including Froggy Went A-Courtin’. She lives with her family in Penistone, an ancient market town that holds England’s largest one-day country fair every September.

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I've always been a storyteller, a singer of nursery rhymes, a twister of truth. The oldest girl in a family of seven kids, I used my survival skills as a storyteller to keep my younger siblings from maiming each other in poking wars. I loved books and I'd read for hours. And I would 'live' in those stories. If the hero suffered, so did I. I once roller skated around our block twenty-eight times in a snow storm, mentally fighting the elements in the Yukon. I froze my butt off, but let me tell you - it was perfect suffering!

As an adult, I read to my twins often. Then because of a nagging need to do something creative, I began to write. I learned to submit my writing to children's magazine publishers, ever conscious of the postage money I was sure I was throwing away. But the challenge was there! The Yukon (and now the publishing world) needed to be tamed - to heck with the suffering or the cost of a stamp!

I sold my first story to Highlights for Children, then many more to that magazine, to Jack and Jill, Scholastic and others. I sold three picture books: A Hat for Lily, and In A Window on Greenwater Street, to Steck/Vaughn, and The Way The Tiger Walked, to Simon & Schuster. I was a published author! But I didn't feel like an author. At least I had the publishers fooled. Not one of them called to tell me it was all a huge mistake.

I left all these glories, and doubts, in the early '70's. Life called me in different directions for the next thirty years. We now had four daughters and schools that introduced us to that annoying word tuition. I went to work part time at various jobs - preschool, nursing home, medical clinic, hospital. I quieted my creative demon in snitches and snatches of small projects until 1997, when two amazing things happened. My daughter, Stacy DeKeyser, started to write, and I was introduced to this new, alien thing called a computer.

I had EMAIL! Stacy lived in Atlanta and cyber channels smoked with our back and forth messages about writing - she asking questions about my long ago experiences, and me, trying to remember. She introduced me to online writers' groups and after a few short months, I was drawn back into the world of writing.

My first picture book, On a Wintry Morning (illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson) appeared in the bookstores in October 2000. New books are reviewed and the reviews can be good or bad. If the reviewer writes: "Would someone please shoot this writer," that's bad. If the book is given a 'starred review,' that's good. On a Wintry Morning received two starred reviews (lucky me!) and also won the Archer/Eckblad Award for the best picture book to be written by a Wisconsin author in 2000. I was astonished. The book has a simple, rhyming text about a daddy and his baby daughter spending a wintry morning together. How appropriate is that, having watched my husband help raise four daughters?

With the help of my daughter and my writing friends, I think I'm becoming a good writer. In addition to a good number of picture books, I've written a series of five easy-to-read Cork and Fuzz books. It's been an interesting and pleasurable journey.

And why do I write? I can't give just one reason. But I think what comes closest to being the most important reason goes something like this. Close your eyes and imagine you hear a child laugh. Then imagine that you are the one who made him laugh. Can you feel that inner glow?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader on August 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Living in Vermont where county fairs are central to the cultural experience, I picked up this book because I thought that reading it to my daughter (nearly 3 years old) would be a neat way to get her excited about going to her first fair this year. She loves it!!

It has a fun story line about a young boy, Dinny, who is excited to get to the county fair, but all of his family members seem to be dragging their feet, delaying his visit to the fair. On his quest to get his family moving, he visits with family members separately in different parts of his farmhouse where each are making their own preparations for attending the fair, but Dinny just wants to get to the fair. His excitement is relatable to readers and the story is endearing.

Dori Chaconas does a great job with creating simple rhymes that help to keep the story interesting and moving along. She also includes fun sounds that my daughter anticipates as she has memorized some of her favorite lines. The writing is more complex than a line or two and instead usually includes 4-6 lines on each page, which also gives my daughter the opportunity to think about different elements of the message on each page. It's great for developing her critical thinking and broadening her understanding of the scene on the page.

Gillian Tyler's illustrations are beautiful and have just enough detail to accurately depict the world we live in while also remaining playful and accessible to young readers. In every picture, there are people, places or things that my daughter can relate to as a toddler and she always points out something new each time we read it, which is frequently. The highlight of all of the illustrations is the 4-page spread of the fairground scene that captures the fair experience and my daughter's imagination. For parents, if you appreciate good illustrations, the kitchen and grandma's garden are beautiful.
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By ROBERT J ROSIE on May 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My granddaughter (2 1/2) loves this book. The anticipation in the story is so much fun and in the end Grandma is the hero.
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By jakedar on August 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are wonderful and represent a time long since past. I love classics and this book feels like one. This wonderful book contains illustrations that include three generations of a family, wonderful animals and a lovely county fair. It feels as if you're in Ireland.
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