THE SQUIGGLE by Carole Lexa Schaefer

THE SQUIGGLE

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Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Splendid, vibrant illustrations exhibiting a Chinese influence dance through this tribute to the imagination of one small girl. The nameless narrator, on her way to the park with her classmates and teacher, spies a piece of red rope on the ground. She waves this ``squiggle'' and lo! it's a dragon (``slither slish''), a tightrope (``snap, tah-dah''), a full moon (``ah-whoosh''), a crenellated wall (``push-a-pat''). She catches up to her classmates and illustrates all of the permutations of the squiggle for them, and they cheer her (``hoorayee!''). The gouache-and-color-marker pictures make this tale: They fairly vibrate with energy against the oatmeal-textured paper. The lines of the children's bodies are nervous and alive; the many changes Morgan visits upon the squiggle range from a spectacularly ornate dragon to a still, soothing moon. Schaefer (In the Children's Garden, 1994, etc.) strives a bit too hard in the sound effects, but for the right performer, this could be a fabulous read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-517-70047-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Crown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1996




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