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June Is a Tune That Jumps on a Stair Library Binding – June, 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

Like Wilson's Muskrat, Muskrat, Eat Your Peas! , this musical collection of poems is finely tuned for toddlers and preschoolers. The subject matter, language and imagery are gentle and playful, and include observations of boats, snails, squirrels and such ordinary activities as slamming the back door or spinning a top. Wilson's language is rhythmic and simple--"Tick-a-tock / morning, / tick-a-tock / day /both socks on / now, / I can play," says a child upon getting up, and children watching the night sky observe that "little stars / like fireflies / twinkle / through / branches / laced in sky." Her verbiage however, seems frequently too metaphorical for the intended audience, as in "a bed / is a hug / for a small / sleepy cat." These upbeat poems, accompanied by Wilson's pastel palette and unvarying cheer, present a world where children can be "friends forever." Even though both art and text seem derivative at times--making the characters seem like Campbell's Soup kids on vacation--the cherubic round faces of Wilson's children and animals are generally sunny and appealing. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreSchool-Grade 3-- Thirty-one chances to see the world in a different way. Stars are fireflies; a ``bed is a hug;'' braces are ``tinsel on. . . teeth.'' This is a poetry book that even young children will enjoy. Some of the verses are about nature, months, or moonlight; others are about pets, toys, food, earmuffs, computers, toothpaste, as mundane objects provide opportunities for lively observations. A variety of rhythms, rhyme schemes, and length enlivens the reading; unusual pairings, like ``sky'' with ``fireflies,'' add to the spontaneous, childlike quality of the collection. In the playful watercolors of active children, dot eyes and comma mouths and noses give them a happy universality. In many of scenes, the children's arms are outstretched as if they were taking in the world's wonders and joy. Young readers and listeners may embrace poetry if they begin with a book like this one. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Juv) (June 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671739190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671739195
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,007,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was incredible, for lack of a better word. I loved it so much I shared it with all 14 of my nieces and nephews, my mother in law, and my fiance. The entire book is a play on words, keeping the reader's attention on every page with bright, catchy illustrations. I recommend this book to anyone with children, no matter what their age is. This is by far my favorite story book since Peter Cottontail.
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