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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547241968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547241968
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Everything teems with movement and life--completely beguiling."--Kirkus, starred review

"There's much to discover in the varied, well-paced frames of this graphic picture book."--Horn Book

"A vivid, warmhearted picture book...Manning's pages are exuberance itself as her hero balletically bounds from frame to frame."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[A] charming picture book with graphic-novel elements...The atmospheric illustrations will draw in young readers and make them feel as if they are pushing their way through the crowded streets, climbing up fire escapes, and swinging from laundry lines along with the shoeshine boy."--School Library Journal

"The hustle-and-bustle setting provides another visual treat, matched by the warm exuberance of the boy's neighborly adventure."--Booklist

About the Author

Maurie J. Manning is the author/illustrator of  Kitchen Dance and has illustrated numerous other children's books, some of which she also wrote. She and her children live in Berkeley, California.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Perogies & Gyoza on April 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When a young shoeshine boy and his cat decide to reunite a beautiful red cloth with its owner, they unknowingly embark on an adventure that promises to ease his loneliness.Who would have thought this simple piece of cloth could be so versatile? It becomes an apron, a blanket, a zipline, a food procurement device, a headscarf, and a marketing tool. This is a testament to the imaginations of children as well as the multitude of ideas that come with a diverse population.

The urban adventure of this young boy and his feline companion are reminiscent of Peter Sis' Madlenka, complete with unique views of the city and welcoming, multilingual neighbours. However, the vibrancy of the illustrations and the meddling of a well-intentioned neighbour push Laundry Day to a higher level.

Laundry Day is a vibrant addition to Maurie J. Manning's excellent portfolio of books, including Kitchen Dance. The intrepid hero's adventure through a diverse neighbourhood shows a young man of excellent moral character who is rewarded for his thoughtfulness. It celebrates diversity, imagination, and honesty in a format that calls for kids to love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann S in MA on April 20, 2012
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Laundry Day is a wonderful message to share with children. With the backdrop of an early 1900 US city, it is a beautiful and unique way to introduce little ones of the 21st century to acceptance, diversity, generosity, and manners. The illustrations are generous in that they allow lots of time within the story for personal interpretation and discussion between an adult reader and child. Just a great addition to a child's library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Machado on July 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Don't know how to describe this book. In some ways it could almost be a wordless book becasue it relies so heavily on series of pictures to "tell" the story - but it does have some text - short dialogue between the characters. The text is minimal. The style, like a graphic novel or comic book, with a series of panels on each page, showing the action progressing is really fun.

It is about a young shoeshine boy who finds a red cloth which has floated down from the tenement laundry lines. He goes on an adventure to seek its owner and encounters many neighbors of varying ethnicities. It offers to the young reader a subtle exposure to the lives of immigrant families and their cultures in turn of the century New York.

The illustrations are really quaint and lend it a feeling of the turn of century tenements of New York it is depicting. Colors are mostly muted (browns and black & white with muted pales) so that the reds, which play into the heart of the story stand out.

Just lovely! Can't say enough about this sweet and creative story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret C. VINE VOICE on June 22, 2012
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This has to be my favorite picture book for 2012 so far. It's a graphic novel, it's a wordless story, it's a picture book. Filled with different methods of telling the story I would not find fault with just sitting and staring at the pictures while discovering more and more new things. I absolutely positively love it!
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