THE LOW-DOWN LAUNDRY LINE BLUES by C.M. Millen

THE LOW-DOWN LAUNDRY LINE BLUES

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A fine counterpoint of wistful ache and be-bop sparkle informs this story about shaking the blues. A girl wakes to an urban morning, her elemental funk reflected in the lonely, sagging laundry line seen across the street from her window. “That’s such a sorrowful line./It’s droppin’ down so lowly/even pigeons pass it by.” Her bubbly sister will not let her mope and tries a little jazzy word music: “Sweet potato!/Rutabaga!/That’ll work fine!/We can play together/with the laundry line!” Her persistence pays off—it’s not long before that piece of rope has been transformed from a study in malaise to a Double-Dutch four-step workout. Davenier’s watercolors are charmingly atmospheric, perfectly suited to Millen’s spirit-raising verse; the two will work magic on any down-at-the-mouth child. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-395-87497-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1999