THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME by Tomie dePaola

THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME

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Age Range: 7 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another in the utterly engaging series in which dePaola recounts his own childhood; this one ends on a somewhat darker note. Tomie (whose teachers still insist on calling him Tommy) seems to recall, in pitch-perfect language and tone, just what it was like to be the kid he was. He begins his story in January 1941 with an entry in his new diary and the joys of riding his new Junior Flexible Flyer down a steep hill in his Connecticut town. He tells one of his mother’s sledding stories, too; recounts Easter at Nana Fall-River’s (and the horrors of car sickness); and being a pirate in the dance recital. When he starts second grade, he is thrilled to have a real art teacher, who understands that real artists don’t copy, and they need to use all the colors in the box. Tomie ends on a sober note, however, on Sunday, December 7, 1941, when the adults hear on the news that Japan has attacked Pearl Harbor, and that war has come. His wonderful black-and-white drawings illuminate the text, and there are pages from his diary (with illustrations of their own) included. This child cherished his life—even the scary parts, like the presence of polio or the giant Ferris wheel—and young readers will find enormous resonance with their own experiences across the decades of time. (Chapter book. 7-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-399-23982-0
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2003




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