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A little shopping
Rylant, Cynthia.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [1998]

Physical Description:
54 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Rosie, Lily, and Tess, three cousins who are living together with their aunt, decide to make a miniature flower shop just like Aunt Lucy's real shop, and give it to her as a gift.
Reading Level:
650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 25300.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.4 3 Quiz: 25331 Guided reading level: K.
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Welcome to Cobble Street! Meet Lily, Rosie, and Tess, the three heroines of a new series by Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and acclaimed artist Wendy Anderson Halperin. Lily thinks the three cousins should make a surprise for their Aunt Lucy -- a dollhouse that looks just like Aunt Lucy's flower shop. The cousins get Aunt Lucy's sweetheart, Michael, to help. And then they get busy cutting, painting, gluing, and decorating. And best of all, there's a surprise for Michael too. When the Cobble Street Cousins set their minds to something, it's bound to turn out amazing!

Author Notes

Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University.

Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature.

She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award.

She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. Three cousins live with their "wonderful" aunt in her marvelous old house in the Cobble Street Cousins series. Each cousin is identified by specific traits and ambitions, while their pretty, friendly aunt works at her flower shop. In the first book, In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen, Rosie, Lily, and Tess start their own cookie company, meet their colorful neighbors, and find a bashful boyfriend for Aunt Lucy. In A Little Shopping, the charming threesome surprise Aunt Lucy with a model of her shop, complete with "miniature teapots and tiny wheelbarrow and the sweetest little wicker chairs." Then, boyfriend Michael takes everyone out for ice cream. The delicate pencil-and-watercolor illustrations by Wendy Anderson Halperin fit the narrative perfectly and shine with interesting touches. Thinly plotted but filled with descriptive details, these stories are so "quaintly quaint" and cozy, they fairly squeak with cuteness, but they'll appeal to the intended audience, as this is pure young girl wish fulfillment. --Linda Perkins

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4‘Nine-year-old cousins Lily, Rosie, and Tess are roommates in their aunt's home while their parents tour with a ballet company for a year. In A Little Shopping, the girls build a dollhouse replica of their aunt's flower shop to surprise her. In Aunt Lucy's Kitchen tells how the cousins decide to form a cookie company and meet a number of people in the community during their brief business adventure. Subplots involve playing cupid between their aunt and a customer and putting on a theatrical show for newfound friends. These titles fill the gap between easy readers and beginning chapter books. Halperin's soft pencil drawings scattered throughout add detail and just the right touch of fun to the stories. Sweet and refreshing, these books beg for a plate of freshly baked cookies and a comfortable reading chair.‘Pam Hopper Webb, Sandpoint Community Christian School, ID (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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