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Just How Long Can A Long String Be?! Hardcover – April 15, 2009

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PreSchool-Grade 2—Ant asks Bird the title question, and Bird answers by taking his small friend on a journey. As the white string crosses each colorful spread, Bird presents both playful and practical possibilities. "Will it finish a necklace?/A banjo?/A mop?/Will it partner a puppet?/A yo-yo?/A top?" By using pale overlapping images, Baker creates a sense of movement in many of the illustrations. A palette of pastels captures the beauty of spring with sweet pea vines climbing toward the sun, a kite flying in a powder blue sky, and Bird weaving string into her nest. At journey's end, Ant says, "Thank you, Bird!/Now I see…/a string's just as long/as I need it to be." Pair this lovely book with Ezra Jack Keats's Jennie's Hat (HarperCollins, 1966; o.p.) for a fine spring storytime.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Ant asks Bird, “Just how long can a long string be?” and receives more of an answer than he bargained for. It depends whether the string will be used to tug a balloon, wrap around a box, hang a picture on the wall, stake up the sweet pea vines, or get attached to a pole as a fishing line. Ant, thus enlightened, realizes, “a string’s just as long as I need it to be,” and tends to his own task of making an ant-sized tree-swing. The tangled ball of string that unravels and wends its way from page to page provides an artful use of line. Pastel pages with a sense of movement and lots of texture make this book a visual delight. Although the question hardly seems like a child’s query, the multifold answer that links problem and solution will encourage children to think about the notion of relativity and the myriad uses that something like a string can have. Pair this with Antoinette Portis’s Not a Box (2006) and Not a Stick (2008). Preschool-Grade 2. --Patricia Austin
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; 1 edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545086612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545086615
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 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: #920,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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KEITH BAKER is the author-illustrator of many beloved picture books, including Little Green, Hide and Snake, and Quack and Count. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Minnie Mouse on March 22, 2014
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Great book for my measurement of long and short Math lessons. My PreK classes loved this book. After we read the book, we pulled string from a ball to make a long jump rope. Fun!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 19, 2009
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Keith Baker's JUST HOW LONG CAN A STRING BE? tells of Ant and his friend Bird who face a big ball of string - a ball too big to handle. Only by breaking it down can they solve problems and have fun.
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