THE ROLLING STORE by Angela Johnson

THE ROLLING STORE

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Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Johnson (The Aunt in Our House, 1996, etc.) has an unnamed African-American girl recall her grandfather's words about the ``rolling store'' (an itinerant peddler's truck) that periodically visited a country crossroads when her grandfather was young. The spare, poetic text describes how this event was an excuse for an all-day social, with people coming from miles around to see, to visit, and to buy; meanwhile, the pictures not only illustrate those bygone days but also show the narrator and friend potting flowers, stringing bead necklaces, baking cookies, and making lemonade to stock their own ``rolling store'' in a little red wagon. The grandfather arrives just in time to hit the streets with the girls and their wagon and to call out the old vendor's song, ``We got it all. The Rolling Store has got it all.'' This is a lovely story of memories being passed on to and re-enacted by a later generation; children will relate to it instantly and grasp the double-layered story in the pictures. Catalanotto's golden pencil-and-watercolor paintings shimmer with the haze of memory and are dappled with summer sunlight and shadow. He closes the circle of the story so seamlessly that the illustrations in the first and last pages of the book clearly echo past and present. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-531-30015-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1997




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