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illustrated by Daniel Rieley
(Child's Play International, August 2021)
 
 
Kirkus Reviews
 
<< A favorite preschool pastime—watching an assortment of passing vehicles—takes on a new eco-friendly angle."
From an apartment window, two children enjoy waving and saying "Bye" to the multitude of cars that come along their busy city street. "Bye car. / Bye another car. / Bye near car." Once they leave the apartment in the company of an adult, their "Bye"s become more descriptive. "Bye grown-up car. / Bye baby car. / Bye big car. / Bye tiny car." They continue their outing, and the noise and hubbub of city traffic increases. "Bye howling car. / Bye growling car. / Bye noisy car. / Bye quiet car." Simple yet evocative language is balanced by equally minimalist drawings reflecting a hectic and harried environment dominated by the internal combustion engine, often with cars leaving remnants of exhaust behind. Rieley includes face masks as everyone goes about their business. Turn the page, and it is a new day that is greener, calmer, and more pleasantly quiet. The kids are out on another walk; they pass an e-bus, a light-rail tram, and a plethora of people riding bicycles. Gone are the exhaust fumes as well as the face masks. "Hello vehicles / greener, cleaner. / Hello!" Endpapers reflect the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner-powered transportation. The adult and the older child have olive skin and straight, black hair, and the younger child presents White. (This book was reviewed digitally.)
Youngsters will enjoy identifying the various vehicles as they play along. (Picture book. 2-5)>>

My Best Friend, Sometimes

 

One day at lunch I sat next to Stephanie.

"if you give me a cookie," she said to me, "I'll be your best friend.

I gave her a cookie. It was chocolate chip.

 

Stephanie and me, what do we like to do? 
Sit next to each other.  Talk. Notice who got a haircut. Or who has a cream cheese and pickle sandwich. Giggle. Whisper. Run at recess. Play pretend. "Pretend I'm the mother, and your're the baby." "Pretend I'm the doctor, and you need a shot." Or: "Pretend we're getting married."

Grandpa coms to visit on Sunday. He brings salami, rye bread, mustard and pickles for the whole family. I can smell the salami when I give him a hug. Grandpa used to come together with Grandma Sarah, but she died, so now he comes alone. Sometimes Grandpa is sad. Sometimes Mom is sad. And sometimes so am I. 

 

After lunch Grandpa likes to rest in the hammock in our back yard. I like the hammock too, bu tI always fall out of it. Dad told me I have to get into the hamock slowly. I never told Dad I like falling out of the hammock....

I Hate Everyone

 

It's my birthday .
So boo!
I hate all of you.
I love ice cream.
I hate you.
Don't sing!

Did you ever wish everyone would go away and leave you alone, and then, change your mind?

Splish-Splash


wiggle wiggle
go your toes
0ff off
come your clothes

A teddy bear goes through a bath and bedtime ritual: getting soaped, sudsed, washed, rinsed, toweled dry, and tucked in.

Walk With Me


open the door
wider
more

feel
the warming
morning
mellow
yellow
sun...

A toddler enjoys the sights and sensations on a walk to the park.

It's Tot Shabbat


At our synagogue...
while the grown-ups pray,
in another room the children play.
This is my Shabbat club.

A young child goes to synagogue and has an opportunity to play with other children. Some of the children's activities, such as hearing--and acting out-- a story from the Torah, and saying a blessing before eating a snack, are similar to what the grown-ups do.