IS THAT JOSIE? by Keiko Narahashi


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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 A delightful book that uses a form of call-and-response to show real-life situations (``Is that Josie way up high on a swing?'') and the ways that Josie's imagination transforms them (``No, it's an eagle soaring high and swooping low''). Author/illustrator Narahashi (I Have a Friend, 1987) uses simple language to evoke the complicated and beautiful world of a child's imagination. In Josie's mind, nothing is a typical daily activity: Pulling on a green-and-yellow-striped top turns her into a turtle hiding in its shell; thumping down the stairs with her doll makes her a kangaroo with a baby in its pouch. The mixture of real and imagined states show the author's gentle watercolors to great advantage. Josie is depicted in strong tones, with her invented guises done as ethereal washes over her more solid form. A wonderful book for reading aloud and for encouraging children to use their imaginations. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-689-50606-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1994


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