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Step by Step Hardcover – April 28, 1994


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From Publishers Weekly

Over a stone, across a leaf, under a branch--step by step, a red-sneakered ant wends her way to meet her friend the grasshopper. Together, the two enjoy an outing, then the ant travels home again, step by step, arriving just before dark. Although the story line is slight and the pair's adventures practically nonexistent, Wolkstein's pacing is expert. Here, repetition of the phrase "step by step" propels the tale and sets the stage for a rhythmic, reassuring read-aloud. Smith's larger-than-life illustrations provide an ant's-eye view of the world; solid attention to detail and gentle anthropomorphization of the ant and her friend make this, if not a show-stopper, decidedly reader-friendly. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-A pointless, circular story that gives an insect's-eye view of the world. A long-legged ant wearing bright red sneakers leaves her dirt hole and walks "step by step" over a stone, across a leaf, and over another stone until she meets her friend, a grasshopper. Together they sip some nectar and float around a puddle on a leaf until they capsize. After shaking dry, the ant realizes it's getting late and reverses her route home. Bold, colorful watercolor, pen, and ink paintings lend texture and perspective to the woodland scenes, but fail to breathe life into the characters.
Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Since 1967, Diane Wolkstein has occupied a unique place in the world of storytelling and literature. Through her performances, teaching, books, and recordings, she has played a major role in the renewed interest in mythology and the modern storytelling movement. Whether recounting epics, trickster stories or fairy tales, Diane enters and speaks from the heart of each story she tells. The internationally renowned author of 23 award-winning books of folklore including the classics, The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folk Tales and Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Wolkstein is known for her meticulous research and her wide range as a performer. Joseph Campbell calls her "one of the greatest storytellers in the Western world."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg named June 22nd, 2007 "Diane Wolkstein Day" in honor of her 40 years of service to New York City: she initiated America's first graduate storytelling program, pioneered a year-round storytelling program for parks and schools, hosted her own radio show on WNYC radio, and taught mythology at New York University, The New School, Sarah Lawrence, and the Pacific Graduate School. Diane has toured five continents, has performed at the United Nations, Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institute, and the American Museum of Natural History, and has been a frequent guest on PBS, NPR, and the BBC. She is a founding member of both America's National Storytelling Conference and New York City's Storytelling Center, and is the recipient of the National Storytelling Association's Circle of Excellence Award. She is the epicycle editor of Parabola and a resident of Greenwich Village. More info: dianewolkstein.com.

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