A SUMMERTIME SONG by Irene Haas
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A SUMMERTIME SONG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An opulent book that sports sumptuous watercolors, a lively tempo, and clever energy. A frog jumps through Lucy's window on a summer's night, with an invitation to a party and a magic paper hat. Lucy shuffles outside, and ""a finger of moonlight touched the hat and FOOF! Lucy was as little as a leaf."" Lucy hails a bird's-nest taxi; they stop for Madame Mouse (""Zut! I am late!), Inchworm (""I inch while I sleep,/I inch while I wake,/I inch until,/my little feet ache""), and a wee Japanese doll, lost years before and still hoping to be found. A huge owl threatens to eat them, but the taxi makes a fast escape. When the owl makes an appearance at the party, he is disarmed by the news that the birthday party is for him. ""How kind! Tonight I'll eat cake--not bugs. Do you mind?"" Before the evening's end, Inchworm becomes a moth and the doll regains its owner. Haas touches the story with rhyme here and there, infuses it with hope and old-fashioned enchantment, and loads the artwork with details that continue to reveal themselves upon additional readings.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1997
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: McElderry