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Parade Paperback – Picture Book, September 29, 1986
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Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.
- Publisher : Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (September 29, 1986)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0688065201
- ISBN-13 : 978-0688065201
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : AD460L
- Item Weight : 4.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.1 x 0.19 x 8.22 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #816,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The festivities begin at dawn with a street cleaner lighting a sign that announces there is no parking today because of a parade. Other preparations begin, illustrated by spare drawings.
and flags for sale.
Next is a two-page spread with three words ("A crowd. Waiting."), and lines of people on either side of the street; it's a daring move that works because of the illustration. Crews' bold graphic style emphasizing color and shape rather than detail, although he's able to vary the shapes, poses, and attitudes of the crowd.
Another two-page spread ("Here it comes!"), and the big, splashy parade begins! We never know exactly what the parade is about (it concerns travel), but as the procession marches past our eyes, we see flags of many nations, a "strutting drum major" followed by wind instruments and percussion, floats (including a ship-a pun on "Crews?"), green and pink baton twirlers, vintage bicycles, autos, and a brand new fire engine. You can feel the crowd's anticipation and excitement-taking pictures, pointing, climbing on parental backs for a better view, and throwing confetti at the fire engine.
In yet another winning touch, Crews shows what happens when the parade is over, and the people have scattered: A street cleaner ends the parade just as it had started it. Another superior work by Crews for the toddler crowd, and another triumph for Greenwillow publishing. (This review refers to the "library edition.") Obviously, it's recommended highly!
In his inimitable style, Crews manages to capture the movement and excitement of a street parade, allowing young children to enjoy the experience at a safe remove. This book will not only enhance their experience when viewing a parade, but also allow them to relive the experience afterward. It's a quick read with only a few well-chosen words per page, and it repeats well. Not everyone will love Crews' distinctive artistic style, but it is quite popular with preschoolers and his good writing helps to balance it.