An eager spectator happily becomes an enthusiastic participant in a New York City parade.
On a bright Sunday, rosy-cheeked and pigtailed Meg and her parents cross the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey to New York to attend the Celebrate Israel Parade. Meg does not want to just stand by and watch; instead she wonders if she can be of assistance to any of the performers. She then imagines herself walking with the mayor, floating above the crowds and tossing out samples of Israeli food, dancing, and carrying an Israeli flag. Aliyah-niks invite her for a visit to Israel as she continues on her way performing “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem, on bagpipes—possibly a musical first. Best of all, she is crowned Grand Marshal. Dreams over and back at home, Meg falls happily asleep while her mother discovers a “shiny, gold CROWN!” that will make readers wonder whether Meg wasn’t imagining everything after all. Rosenbaum’s rhyming couplets establish a light and festive mood, while Lyles’ digitally enhanced collage art presents cheerful scenes of Fifth Avenue and parade participants.
Readers in search of an upbeat slice of New York City life will find it here. (glossary, author’s note) (Picture book. 4-7)