JUST IN PASSING by Susan--Illus. Bonners


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Here, an unusual idea for a wordless book is charmingly developed: a drowsy baby, cushioned on its 'shopping mother's shoulder, yawns. The yawn, observed by a passer-by, proves contagious; it travels from person to person (and to a few animals, too), making its way out to the country and to the zoo; it journeys by roller-skate, boat, track, and elevator as well as by binoculars and camera, finally coming full circle back to the baby--now waking. Varying her use of picture size (double spread to several frames on a page) and point of view (close-up to panorama from the top of a telephone pole), Bonners holds interest with her attractive pen and watercolor compositions; with the human interest in her many details; and with the intriguing task of following the yawn on its journey. Lovely to share with a lap-sitter, to ""read"" alone, or to generate language practice for older children.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1989
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard