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PreS?Clever, colorful photo-collage illustrations feature a cheerful African American girl in an appealing urban landscape. Her summer day activities include an unsuccessful effort to fry an egg on the sidewalk (it's not quite that hot), a brief visit to the local playground (it's definitely too hot to sit on the shiny metal swings), and the messy fun of eating two grape popsicles in a row. The first-person narrative is filled with short, declarative sentences that are convincingly childlike. Changes in the placement of the text as well as in the art keep the book interesting and fresh. Particularly effective double-page spreads include one in which "...mother tells me to play inside games." The accompanying collage is cut into jigsaw-puzzle shapes, and another features splashing raindrops in various shades of blue. A simple story of a child's everyday adventures, told in an innovative, yet accessible style that will be enjoyed by young listeners no matter what the season.?Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Ages 2^-5. Using collage, Crews translates the mental images of her own hot childhood summers into a sensorial feast for preschoolers. "It's summer, and it's hot," the book begins, "Dogs pant. Hydrants are open. Women carry umbrellas for the shade." Crews illustrates these symbols of summer using cutout photographic images mounted on related scenes. For example, for the above quote, clipped shots of an African American girl (the protagonist), a panting dog, and two women holding umbrellas in front of a store are superimposed on a street-scene photo of a spewing hydrant. Although the connections are predictable, the jumble of perspectives is refreshing. Finally, the day's sizzling images give way to the relief of grape popsicles and a cooling rainstorm. Especially relevant to urban libraries, this book provides many opportunities to discuss the senses and the unique experience of summer in the city. Julie Yates Walton
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (May 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688133932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688133931
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nina Crews takes photographs and makes collages to create her distinctive picture books. Her stories draw inspiration from the children and neighborhoods of Brooklyn - her home for over 25 years. She is the daughter of children's book author and illustrators Donald Crews and Ann Jonas. Her first book was One Hot Summer Day, published in 1995. Other books include The Neighborhood Mother Goose, 2004, which was selected as an ALA Notable Book for 2004, Kirkus and School Library Journals Best Books of 2004, and The New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading and Sharing. Her book, Below, was an ALA Notable Book for 2006 and Junior Library Guild Selection. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her son and one cat.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Pavluvcik on May 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I loved Nina Crews' collage artwork depicting the hotness of summer in the city. The images were incredibly colorful and I wanted to explore all the details in the pictures. The little girl in purple whom the author used as the subject is absolutely adodrable! Her smile just lights you up and you can just imagine all the fun she is having.
Nina lets the reader experience many emotions while reading this book! One cannot help it!
This is a delightful book for pre-schoolers and a first grader could read this with maybe a tad bit of help with some of the words.
This mother thoroughly recommends this book for your pre-schoolers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1998
Format: Library Binding
Nina Crews' photographs combine the beautiful with the mundane to create a story to which all children can relate. We loved the contrast of the urban blacktop with the bright crisp green leaves, the little girl floating/dancing on raindrops, etc. There's always something new to discover in the photos. This is a talented new children's writer. It's evident that such talent is in her blood!
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If you have ever experienced a day in the city as the title suggests, then you can relate to this fine children's book. If you have not experienced such a day, then this is the book for you.
Children will love the artful collages, intermingled with the little girl character, and the prose is enough to keep their young minds stimulated.
"One Hot Summer Day" is the stuff that makes the blistering days tolerable and entertaining.
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I found this book to be a rich source for lessons, especially for kindergarten and first grade. Colorful pictures, interesting vocabulary, with a slight urban flair that my students in the Bronx can relate to. A must have for any elementary classroom library (along with her other books and her father's books)!
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Nice simple story about a heat wave for preschool-kindergarten kids. The photo collages are simple and add some visuals to a nicely told summer story. Think about reading it in mid-July- early August! And bring out the popsicles too enjoy along with the story!
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By Amazon Customer on November 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Cute, simple and visually engaging for my 2 year old son. He laughs right along with the little girl in the story. Thank you Nina Crews for showcasing fun in the city with a lead character who is african american.
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