WHEN ARTIE WAS LITTLE by Harriet Berg Schwartz


Age Range: 4 - 9
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 Scenes from a childhood in 1920s Hoboken, wistfully recalled by an elderly man. Carefully blowing the dust off events from the distant past, Schwartz (Backstage With Clawdio, 1993) describes the time Artie found a pony tied to a Christmas tree in his living room; the time he was befriended by the mayor of Hoboken; and the time a barnstormer gave him a ride in his biplane. Each episode ends with a paragraph about how the now-old Artie retells these events to young listeners. The book closes with Artie going over the high points of his childhood. Young readers will find it easy to appreciate Artie's memories--his nostalgia is contagious. The hazy pastel illustrations by Allen form the perfect lens for viewing these long-gone times, and fill the world of Artie's childhood with a dry, diaphanous light. The old photographs of, presumably, the real Artie, reproduced in the endpapers, provide the stories with a factual frame that adds yet another dimension to this wise and lyrical book. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: June 30th, 1996
ISBN: 0-679-83236-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Knopf
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1996


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