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The Milkman Hardcover – June 2, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 4 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; First Edition edition (June 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525472088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525472087
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2-A charming book that harks back to the era of milk home delivery. Mr. Plimpton rolls out of bed at 3:30 A. M. and is off with his cat to deliver the dairy products before the sun rises in this prairie town. Many pages feature missing-dog posters from Caroline, but astute readers will notice that the dog is not missing at all, but lurks in many pictures as the milkman makes his rounds. Cordsen doesn't waste a word in the punchy rhyming phrases that are gently packed with observation and detail: "First of morning, cold and dark./Rooster crowing. Meadowlark./Moon above the mountaintops./Loud alarm clock. Snoring stops." Jones's cheerful pictures pay homage to classic illustrators such as Lois Lenski and Robert McCloskey, who used soft lines and shading to such narrative advantage. Warm colors evoke the serenity of deep-blue, early-morning hours and gradually lighten to the pinks and oranges of dawn as the milkman finishes his route, captures and returns the lost dog to young Caroline, and joins his family at 7:30. This highly re-readable book reminds children of the joy of doing a job one loves and the delights of the early-morning hours. It may also invite them to reminisce with their great-grandparents about "the olden days" and what other community jobs have vanished from the current scene.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
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*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 2. Out of bed long before sunrise, Mr. Plimpton, the lanky milkman, climbs into his pickup, drives to the dairy farm, and begins his morning rounds. A community helper in every sense, Mr. Plimpton does more than deliver milk, eggs, and ice cream. He leaves a "Get Well" card for one customer and a toy truck for another with a new baby. Signs about Caroline's lost dog adorn lampposts; Mr. Plimpton finds the pup and returns it to her in an empty milk crate. By the end of the story, any number of children and their parents will want to move (traveling back in time 50 or 60 years) into Mr. Plimpton's neighborhood, where the pace is slow, the cars are vintage, and even the sun has a smile on its face. Cordsen tells the story in laconic phrases that read aloud well, but this picture book's most distinctive feature is its appealing, retro artwork. Jones, who illustrated Madam President (2004), offers a friendly fellow as hero, who looks like a relative of the French Tintin. The simple story is illustrated with a series of pleasing compositions executed in shaded pencil and tinted in distinctive colors, from slate blue in the night sky to the peach glow of morning. A very pleasing delivery. Carolyn Phelan
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Probably one of my most favorite childrens books!
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I have bought this book for all of our friends' and neighbors' grandkids and they love it!
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Every page is interesting because of the artwork and the rhyming patterns in the writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Truth Seeker on September 18, 2011
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This book is one of my very favorite. The artwork is softly detailed revealing a simpler time unknown to our grandchildren. The lyrical verse holds our attention as we catch a glimpse of the man who not only delivers the milk found on our doorstep every morning, but actually is a cohesive part of our sense of community. This is truly a forever book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CharlynnP on August 26, 2011
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My kids adore this book!! the pacing is good the story is positive so I would strongly recommend it! thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Word Sorceress on May 11, 2010
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At first I was put off by the short sentences when reading this to my son, but by the end of the book I realized that they added to the general sense of calm, unhurried life that the book portrays. On the second read, I started to notice the dog in the background of most pages--I love the subtlety of the art in that respect. It's a beautiful book, literally and figuratively, and my 3-year-old loves it. We've renewed it from the library a few times now and will probably buy a copy to keep.
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This has got to be, hands down, one of my favorite children's books of all time. Set in a vintage atmosphere, the illustrations give the simple, well-rhymed story a aura of remembered childhood joys.
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By kmbsfc on March 5, 2013
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Probably one of my most favorite childrens books! I love the story, rhyming, everything about it.

HIGHLY recommend! Love it!
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By Tuesday Jane on January 30, 2013
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I read a lot of books. My two and a half year old likes this book a lot. The rhyming makes it easy to memorize and that keeps him engaged as I like to pause to see if he remembers the next word. (which he usually does.) I love it because it's fun to read and it has a wonderful nostalgic feel. Small community where the milk man knows the people on his route. It's sweet.
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