MONDAY IS ONE DAY by Arthur A. Levine

MONDAY IS ONE DAY

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Age Range: 3 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

Leaving their kids to go to work every Monday morning is hard for parents. By turning the week into an upbeat countdown, working dad Levine shows how to make the days speed by, especially when each one brings something special to share. Speaking in the first-person, parental voice, Levine relies on rhyme to propel the spare text through the days of the week, starting with Monday when parent and child share a "snuggly cuddle." Tuesday's for wearing blue shoes and taking "two stomps in a puddle." "Halfway" Wednesday triggers "three raspberries on the nose," while Thursday's reserved for "four T. Rex growls." Friday's for choosing that last necktie of the week, and weekends are all about family fun. Hector's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations sport strong outlines, simple shapes and basic reds, blues, yellows and greens to evoke a warm, comfortable, retro feeling of family togetherness. Opening and closing with an aerial view of city, suburbs and countryside, the endpapers and title pages set the stage for the day-by-day countdown. By including traditional urban, suburban and rural families as well as single parents and same-sex couples, the illustrations positively reinforce the reassuring message that all parents "count the ways" to be with their kids "the whole week through." Hits the spot for families with working parents. (Picture book. 3-5)
Pub Date: April 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-439-78924-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2011




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