A BIG SURPRISE FOR LITTLE CARD by Charise Mericle Harper

A BIG SURPRISE FOR LITTLE CARD

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

What will Little Card be?

Every card has a job. Wide Card’s a postcard who gets to travel. Round Card’s a price tag, and Tiny Card’s a prize ticket. Only Little Card and Long Card don’t know what they’ll be. When a letter arrives telling “L.C.” to report to birthday-card training, Little Card thinks it’s addressed to him. He loves birthday-card school: the surprises, the cake, the games, the presents, and mostly the songs. When Long Card informs him that their letters got mixed up, Little Card learns his real job will be as a library card. After some small trouble with loudness, Little Card learns all about the library, along with Alex, the little girl he’ll belong to. They play games, snack, and read a rainbow of books. And since Little Card loves to sing, he sings a library song. Librarian Miss Penny gives him a gold star. But Little Card believes library day only comes once a year (like birthdays)…then Alex tells him Library Day can be six days a week every week! Fantastic! Harper’s addition to the intro-to-library canon, with its anthropomorphic card cast, is a goofy winner. Raff’s mixed-media collages, digitally colored, are a bright, perfect match for Little Card’s excitement about all things library. Alex is a brown-haired white girl, and Miss Penny is a gray-haired African-American woman with groovy boots.

Check it out! (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 9th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-7636-7485-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2015




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