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The party
Reid, Barbara.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 1999.

Physical Description:
30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Two sisters don't want to go the the annual family summer party, but after they get there, they have so much fun they do not want to leave.
Reading Level:
AD 180 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 20438.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 19646 Guided reading level: K.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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It's a beautiful day for Grandma's birthday picnic, but two of her granddaughters are not very excited about spending time with relatives they barely know. Feeling shy at first, the girls eventually become fast friends with their cousins. By the time the family is ready to leave, the girls are sad to see the wonderful day come to an end.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Reid captures the experience of a family gathering; but before the fun starts, there are a few anxious moments. The narrator and her younger sister, "squirmy and shy," take the long ride to the relatives' house. There's too much kissing from the older folks and a bit of standoffishness from the cousins, but then the games start, and along with them comes the laughter. Reid uses Plasticine shaped into illustration boards for her art, and the three-dimensional effect is fresh and fetching. All the spreads demand second and third looks, but there are two that are quite remarkable. In the first, the cousins spin in circles, and by blurring the picture, Reid makes sure readers will get the full effect of the dizziness the characters feel. The other picture portrays a table laden with food. Everything from mashed potatoes and a jello mold to deviled eggs and a three-bean salad are meticulously detailed and look good enough to eat. The rhyming text scans well and tells its story, but it's the pictures that make this reunion one where readers will feel right at home. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Polished, combed, and dressed in best bib and tucker, a young girl and her sister are dragged to a family gathering. The party gets off to a rough start with unavoidable kisses from icky Aunt Joan and initial shyness among the children, but the ice soon thaws during a lively game of sharks. Before long, all of the kids are having too much fun to even think about eating, but the buffet calls and then there's Gran's 90th birthday cake. Finally, they all join in a game of twilight hide-and-seek, hoping to postpone the inevitable because now they don't want to go home. Reid's rollicking verses, teamed with her signature Plasticine illustrations, capture the universal joys of a large extended family. The text rolls along at breathtaking pace as the children leap and laugh and their party clothes are reduced to grass-stained rumples. The artwork explodes with the energy used in playing, eating, and celebrating. Personalities burst from the pages and readers will enjoy seeing the mood of the narrator move from resentment and nervousness to happiness and eventually exhaustion. Storyhour participants will join in on the variable refrain-"We laugh till it hurts at the party" or "Leave room for dessert at the party" and, finally, "Oh, what a great time,/what a wonderful time,/such a very late time/at the party." Definitely an event to revisit and remember.-Jeanne Clancy Watkins, Chester County Library, Exton, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.