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Down the Road Paperback – September 1, 2000
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"Down the road, one and two, eggs for breakfast, how-de-do"
On the way home, she trips over a rock but even though the eggs spill from her basket they do not smash. However, when she decides to pick some nice juicy apples for the family, from the wild apple tree, all the eggs tip out of her basket and smash on the ground. So upset, she climbs the tree as she does not want to go home and tell Papa and Mama that there will be no eggs for breakfast.
There is such a sweetness in this story as Papa comes along, finds her and instead of yelling at her, joins her in the tree to eat apples. Then Mama comes along looking for them both and also joins them in the tree. No eggs for breakfast? No worries! They enjoy apple pie instead.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This is an excellent story to demonstrate to children how to be versatile and make use of what you do have, not complaining about what you do not.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from our house to yours!
I'm a librarian and when I read this to kindergarten through third grade they are all hushed when Hetty drops the eggs. I mean, this is her first big trip to the store alone, and she has begged to go. And Papa has gone out on a limb for her and told Mama that she was big enough to go by herself, absolutely.
The watercolors by E.B. Lewis are magnificent. The best one of all is Papa standing at the bottom of the tree looking up at Hetty as if he were angry. The reader really doesn't know what will happen. Forgiveness happens. It's wonderful. Please read it to all the young children you know.
The illustrations compliment the beauty of the story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I an studying with EB Lewis so I bought this for the illustrations. He is amazing. I also like the story.Published on March 17, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is a sweet story of a girl on her first solo errand. Taking everything VERY SERIOUSLY she makes it to the store and ALMOST back when... well... she doesn't. She gets a bit... Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by Ulyyf
When a child tries hard to obey mom and dad, but ends up cracking all the eggs she was to fetch, dad and mom find her in a tree scared to go home. Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by Stephanie Lloyd