ALL THE WAY HOME by Lore Segal


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How do you stop a little gift from crying? When Juliet falls in the park, her mother in vain tries kissing her, and the equally counterproductive measure taken by a passing dog, cat and crow is to fall in line behind her making their own competing noises -- bark, miaow or squawk -- ""all the way home."" Only the doorman in her apartment building has sense enough to save Juliet from the escalating racket: ""He shook his head and said, 'Uh-uh! You can't come in here, not with all the noise you're making!"" And after a couple of tours around the block, she's ready to stop. Marshall puts the overstuffed doodle-faced family in vaguely Victorian red and gold and gives each dapper animal (clad in a bowler, a cap, and a straw hat respectively) a show-stopping center stage introduction before continuing the cacaphonous procession with the same straight-faced aplomb that Segal displays in her satisfying, subtly varied repetition of the helpless mother's absurd exchanges with the three self-appointed helpers.

Pub Date: Nov. 9th, 1973
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux