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The author of two recent picture books on the Jewish immigrant experience and the next generation in New York turns to a story for somewhat older children, based on her own childhood in Brooklyn in the 1930's. ""DinnieAbbieSister-r-r!"" calls Mama, stringing the names of her two school-age sons and live-year-old daughter together, and the three come running, for Mama often has something special to do--going to the beach, playing barefoot in a welcome summer rainstorm. It's a loving, exuberant family in which the inevitable teasing is without malice and the children have no better friends than each other. When Abbie becomes seriously ill, then, Dinnie feels bereft and Sister pines for the special attention Mama used to give her while the boys, ""full of beans,"" romped together. At first, the two bicker more than usual, but they're soon better friends than ever. As Abbie convalesces, he too plays with Sister; at the story's end, all three, playing stickball, are ""full of beans!"" Cogancherry's soft pencil illustrations are just right for this period piece--lively, realistic depictions of a happy family in circumstances so modest that they can't afford a sled for the children; yet, except when they are worried about Abbie, they are visibly bubbling with joy. A wonderfully warm family story, perfect to read aloud In chapters to young children or for young readers to enjoy on their own.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1987
Page count: 90pp
Publisher: Brabury