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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 PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved