THE SWING by Joe Cepeda


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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Josey finds a virtual treasure trove, in a very unusual way. When Mom asks young Josey to borrow yet another item from one of the neighbors, the girl chafes with embarrassment. Her family has become notorious for losing things, from a popcorn popper to a mixing bowl to a dog named Leopoldo. Josey takes out her frustration in the backyard swing, pumping higher and higher. She disappears in the leafy density of the old oak tree that holds the swing, coming out with . . . a lantern! With dad’s pushing help, she gets deeper into the branches, bringing down a toaster, photo album, pogo stick, etc. The family throws an impromptu party in the back yard. Josey and some guests dismantle grumpy Mr. Avila’s lawn mower and use the parts to build a wacky contraption that she attaches to the swing. She vanishes into the overhead greenery; everyone watches the tree shake and rattle. Out come . . . Josey and Leopoldo, a big white sheepdog. Engaging fantasy with bright watercolor illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-439-14260-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2006


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