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Market Day Hardcover – May 15, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 140L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525478833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525478836
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—This companion to The Milkman (Dutton, 2005) follows the Benson family after they move to an apple farm on the bay. As the parents and children rush to pack their truck with produce for the farmer's market, they neglect to feed their cow. In their hurry, they drive off without closing the gate. As they set up their booth, they become aware of a disturbance among the other stalls. Their hungry cow has followed them and is wreaking havoc. After feeding her some apples, helping other sellers clean up the mess, and packing up, the Bensons' day is tagged a success. Once again, Cordsen's taut writing has a rolling rhyming scheme that does not miss a beat. Paired with Jones's charming vintage-style illustrations, the story transports readers to a simple time in a bucolic place. One might expect to find Sal gathering blueberries down the road. Choose this as an appealing read-aloud for farm or apple themes.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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*Starred Review* From the talented duo who brought young readers The Milkman (2005) comes a tale as funny as it is well crafted. The Benson family oversleeps. That’s too bad, because it’s market day, and the apples won’t pick themselves. The truck needs to be loaded, and in all the hubbub everyone forgets to feed the cow. That’s also too bad—very bad, in fact—as children soon see. It’s not often that words and art mesh as well as they do here; Cordsen’s rhythmic text (which scans beautifully) gives a deadpan telling of the goings-on, while the full-page paintings capture all excitement of “trouble . . . coming closer, on the double.” Sharp-eyed kids will see the source of the difficulty in the glimpse of a tail as pies are knocked over, worms for bait come tumbling out of their cans, and handmade crafts fly through the air. Not all children will realize who the culprit is until the end, when the Bensons feed their cow—but while awaiting the disclosure, they’ll enjoy the retro-style artwork, which mixes striking compositions with tints of glowing peach, vegetable green, honey yellow, and other luscious colors. A delightful read-aloud for lapsitters or groups. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper

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Format: Hardcover
The sun was just beginning to peek over the horizon, but no one was up in the Benson household. The cow was fast asleep on her bedding while the chicken was still huddled over her nest. The barn cats looked out onto the house and the apple orchard as the sun rose higher in the sky. All of a sudden the farm began to come to life. "Farm cow waking. Tardy. MOO!" The four Bensons were rushing out the door. They were heading to the shed to drag out a ladder and some apple boxes. They rushed by the barn, but didn't have time to feed the cow because those apples needed to be picked for the market!

The cats watched over the whole process from their perch in an apple box. The boy steadied the ladder while the father picked and handed down the apples. The little girl packed the boxes while her mother put them in the back of the truck. They sped out past the gate and onto the road to get to the market on time. Looks like the Bensons forgot a couple of things. The family was lucky because they found one spot left at the end of a row. The father whistled a tune and handed down the boxes of apples from the truck. Everyone was setting up shop and the market was coming alive. "Busy Bensons. Apples out. Not aware of stares and shouts. Not aware of market trouble coming closer, on the double." Oh, oh . . . watch out because things are starting to fly!

This charming book will bring back many memories for people. The gorgeous art work is charming and has a very old fashioned, nostalgic look to it. Needless to say, the artwork and this story in rhyme mesh perfectly. This was a funny story with a little dash of Keystone Cops action added to the mix to guarantee a few laughs. This would be a perfect story for story or circle time. Are there any mischievous cows in your neck of the woods?
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By Truth Seeker on September 19, 2011
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Same beautiful artwork as The Milkman. In this we see a picture of his family life. Only 4 stars as the verse is not quite as good as that in the Milkman. Worth purchasing because of the connection.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Benson family has overslept and forgotten to feed the cow in their haste to pick apples and pack the truck for Market Day. Other vendors at the farmers market have a variety of fresh produce and delicious baked goods for sale. Unfortunately, these fully-stocked tables and stalls are but an obstacle to knock over for a hungry cow in search of breakfast.

The text's short rhyming phrases and the illustrations' unique classic style make Market Day an original and lively book for teaching children about markets and natural resources. It can also help to stimulate children's interest in visiting a farmers market at a time when these types of markets have become a more integral part of urban life and suburban communities across the country.
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