Water in the Park: A Book About Water & The Times of the Day
Water in the Park: A Book About Water & The Times of the Day
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Annotation: Relates how the water in a park is used in different ways by the human and animal inhabitants of a neighborhood.
Catalog Number: #5540523
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Graegin, Stephanie,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-375-87002-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-375-87002-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2011050243
Dimensions: 23 x 29 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Just before six a.m., a city park starts to stir: dogs arrive, owners in tow, for an early-morning swim in the pond. Next, a few kids and their caretakers show up; at eight, the sprinklers are turned on, and by mid-morning the playground is mobbed. And so the day goes. Graegin's pencil-and-ink-wash illustrations beautifully reflect the changing light and the shifting population.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2&12; A catalog of ordinary events that occur in a park between sunrise and sunset, these scenarios involve dogs, babies, ice-cream trucks, gardeners, and, yes, water. It runs out of a fountain for two tots on a playdate, swirls around the ankles of wading dogs, and falls from the sky in gray sheets. Graegin's warm, natural palette brings out delightful details in the mundane and attempts to elevate the plodding text to something more than a list. But when the sun finally sets on the park, readers' thirst for a story might be left decidedly unquenched.&12; Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* It's a hot day at the city park, a pleasant green oasis of open space, play equipment, and water. The jacket illustration offers a bird's-eye view of the pond, hill, playground, and flower beds, areas that will be seen again and again from different angles. Around six o'clock in the morning, several dogs and their people head for the pond. By seven, two babies and their grown-ups have arrived at the playground. Hour by hour throughout the day, visitors come and go. In the crowded playground at ten o'clock, a sprinkler in a shallow pool amuses toddlers, while older kids line up at the drinking fountain for water to fill their water balloons, to wet the sand for sand castles, and to cool the slide. While the quiet text creates a satisfying, structured narrative full of details that will intrigue young children, they will also be engaged by the inviting pictures. Using digitally assembled pencil drawings and ink washes, Graegin creates illustrations with a traditional look and plenty of human interest. The park within the book becomes a destination that a child can visit and revisit, noticing new details each time and connecting familiar ones in new ways. A wonderfully fresh look at a timeless topic.
Word Count: 913
Reading Level: 2.8
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 158698 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.3 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q61012
Lexile: AD590L

“A wonderfully fresh look at a timeless topic,” raves Booklist in a starred review. From the first orange glow on the water in the pond, to the last humans and animals running home from an evening rain shower, here is a day-in-the-life of a city park, and the playground within it. A rhythmic text and sweet, accessible images will immerse parents, toddlers, and young children in the summer season and the community within a park. Seasoned picture book readers may notice Emily Jenkins's classic inspirations for this book: Alvin Tresselt's Caldecott Medal-winning White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, and Charlotte Zolotow's The Park Book, illustrated by H. A. Rey.

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