- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: AD640L (What's this?)
- Series: Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Clarion Books (May 24, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395985277
- ISBN-13: 978-0395985274
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hot Day on Abbott Avenue (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards)) Hardcover – May 24, 2004
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3–Innovative illustrations add depth and texture to an evocative text. It's a sunny summer day, but close friends Kishi and Renée are on the outs and stubbornly refuse to play together. Their tempers flare right along with the temperature, but eventually the sweltering midday heat subsides and both are lured from their porches by a vigorous game of double Dutch. By the time the ice-cream man turns the corner, all is forgiven and forgotten. Steptoe's found-object and cut-paper collages highlight facial features and depict oppressive summertime weather to perfection. The characters' full, pouting lips and clingy, perspiration-drenched clothes are made of sheer crepe paper; faces, eyelids, and limbs are cut from cardstock; and substantial twists of raffia and twine become jump ropes and dreadlocks. The images are busy without being cluttered. English's simple narrative consists mostly of two to three sentences per page and ends on a gratifying note. This book cheerfully illustrates the significance of a short memory in a lasting friendship.–Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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K-Gr. 2. Hot Day is the story of two girls having a "never-going-to-be-friends-again day." Mired in stubborn silence on a hot summer day, Kishi and Renee refuse to do anything together--not even when Mr. Paul asks for help in his garden or when Miss Johnson suggests they make lemonade. The glue needed to put this duo back together comes in the form of a red-hot game of double-dutch, a siren's song to the eager players. The day's sleights are forgotten as the game kicks into high gear, one chant after another buoying the participants beyond the sticky temperatures. When the ice cream man comes around, a shared blue ice pop strengthens the bonds of friendship anew. English's story is engaging in its own right, but it is Steptoe's stunning, mixed-media illustrations that make the book soar like a champion jumper. Hopefully this summery charmer will prove the first of many collaborations between these two Coretta Scott King award winners. Terry Glover
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Two girls are mad at each other because one of them bought the last ice pop of their favorite flavor from the ice cream man, and heat of the day isn't helping anyone's mood. All the adults are trying to get them to be best friends again, and they just refuse until people down the street start jumping rope and they go jump rope too. They start having fun, and the ice cream man comes, and one of them buys the last ice pop of that flavor and they share it, and they're friends again. The end.
Message: People get mad at their friends, but then they get over it.
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Both girls are stubborn, determined not to give in, until they hear the seductive thump of a jump rope hitting the ground, the chant of neighborhood friends, "Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack..." Neither can resist. Soon find they are turning the ropes for Double Dutch, everyone jumping for all they're worth. When the ice cream truck comes around for the second time on this sizzling summer day, all the neighborhood kids run to buy blue popsicles. Kishi and Renee find themselves in the same predicament as in the morning, only this time they have learned their lesson, splitting the popsicle, one-half for each. Now it is a "feeling-good-about-being-best-friends-again-day".
The images that accompany the story are quite remarkable, paper collages cleverly arranged to form the figures, layered for dimension, with bright colors, all of it creating a sense of streets baking in the summer sun, two girls bored without a best friend to pass the time with, but unwilling to bridge the gap. This is a great lesson in coming-together-after-a-fight and learning to share. Beautifully written and illustrated. Luan Gaines/ 2005.