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PreSchool-Grade 2 The wide and enticing variety of activities mentioned by an unseen narrator should quell any child's complaint, there's nothing to do. Suggestions include watching cloud formations, building a fort, catching fireflies and then letting them go, sledding, painting, and climbing a tree. Books offer possibilities, too: finding a quiet spot and reading your very favorite book. And then reading it again...just because it is your favorite. Some pastimes, many of which span the seasons, are only revealed in the remarkable pictures and are demonstrated by a multicultural assortment of children. The watercolor and pen-and-ink spreads lend themselves to close examination as the pictures are chock-full of pleasant details. The designs they incorporate were inspired by the eight patterns found in nature including the spiral, the sphere, the helix, and branching and create delightful surprises at page turns. This enjoyable and useful title will inspire children on those rare occasions when precious free time magically materializes. Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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PreS-Gr. 2. "Once in a while, along comes a day when there is nothing . . . to do," begins this picture-book defense of unscheduled downtime. What to do with these "white, empty spaces" on the calendar? Wood offers suggestions: "I have heard . . . wonderful stories about taking off your shoes and walking through green grass. . . . Or making toy ships . . . and sailing them across a puddle." This is less a story than an explosion of images. On each spread, Halperin's soft-toned, mixed-media pictures, at least 10 per page, extend the basic fulfilling pastimes (hiking, fort building, lemonade sipping) mentioned in the text. Contemporary kids may find the absence of technology (none of the kids surf the Web or play electronic games), along with the book's overall slow-down message, a bit purposeful. Still, overscheduled children (and adults) will enjoy poring over the multitude of images, which celebrate the magic that comes with wandering, imagining, and looking closely at the smallest things. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (May 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525476563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525476566
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By book lover on August 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I think this book should come with every child when they are sent home from the hospital. We live in a world where our children are scheduled for EVERYTHING. This book shows what they miss when they don't just stop and do nothing. This is a fabulous read! Every classroom should have it as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on June 20, 2007
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This book was recommended by a very well-respected educator in New York City. Its simplicity is lovely and my 7-year-old daughter loves to stop and make comments while we're reading it. The illustrations are beautiful and my daughter also loves to comment on them as well.

The other book that was recommended at the same time is "One of Those Days" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Again, don't let its simplicity fool you. There's a lot in it that my daughter can relate to thus invoking meaningful discussions throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Hilbert on April 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We checked this book from the library, and it's been a "repeat read" for the three weeks we've had it. My five-year-old son has created a mental list of all the "nothing" things he'd like to do, such as building a boat out of Popsicle sticks and make a tent fort out of a clothesline and blankets. It's an inspiring book, thanks to the great illustrations and the simple but powerful concept.
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This is a great read right before summer vacation begins for kids. Not only are children overscheduled, but their spare time gets filled with video games, tv, cell phones etc. What happened to good old fashion play and imagination? I'm always reminding myself that I need to unplug, lets encourage our children to do the same. Make room on your bookshelf for Nothing To Do.
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By SLS on September 1, 2010
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Beautiful illistrations! Good reminder that sometimes it is good to slow down and do nothing. Hand this book to my son when he whines he is bored.
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