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The Big Green Pocketbook (A Laura Geringer Book) Hardcover – May, 1993
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-- The nameless first-person narrator of this pleasant picture book is proud to carry a big green pocketbook just like her mother's blue one. As they set out for a trip to town, the little girl's purse is empty, but that is soon remedied. From the purple lollipop acquired at the bank, to the pocket calendar given at the dry cleaners and the new crayons from the drugstore, each stop means something new for the big green purse. All seems lost after the return trip, when the girl leaves her purse behind on the bus, but the friendly driver saves the day. This simple slice-of-life story is straightforward and convincingly told. The child's view is believably self-centered, yet her observations and activities will immediately spark recognition in readers. Bond's cheerful illustrations show a lively youngster exploring and enjoying the world around her. The pictures enhance the text by offering colorful glimpses of small-town life with a multicultural cast of characters. Those seeking an amusing everyday adventure will find it here. --Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Studded with inventive imagery. . . . A playful and most suitable setting for this winsome story with its timeless theme."--" Publisher's Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This story is told by the little girl who is going to town with her mother for the morning.
She has a big green pocketbook, just like Mama's, but hers is empty and she can't find anything to put inside it.
Mama says "hurry", because the bus is coming, so the little girl brings her empty pocketbook along anyway.
During the course of the morning, she gathers many treasures and by the time the bus comes to return the girl and her mother home, her pocketbook is full.
The little girl's view of the world is refreshing and enchanting.
She observes that the cool marble walls in the bank smell like pennies. And she is amazed that, at the drycleaners, the machine knows exactly where to stop for mama's suit.
This is a delightful book that moms and daughters will enjoy, but both boys and girls will like hearing it, and seeing the usual best from Candice Ransom and Felicia Bond's wonderful illustrations.
Over the years I have bought so many copies and given them out for birthday presents and at baby showers. I gave one to my hairdresser last week who has a four year old. I know that all little girls would love this story. We still do.
The most attractive element for a little girl is obvious. She identifies herself with the little girl in the story, going around town running errands with the mother, collecting little things on the way. The story portrays the bond between the mother and daughter in a natural manner. Nothing to draw your tears or tug your heart, but you could feel the warmth.