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The Wednesday surprise
Bunting, Eve, 1928-
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Publication Information:
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 1991.
Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog, 1 7/8 ips + 1 book (32 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
On Wednesday nights when Grandma stays with Anna everyone thinks she is teaching Anna to read.
General Note:
Side 1 with page turn signals, side 2 without page turn signals.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 5248.
Format :
Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


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CASSETTE KIT 1038 BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
CASSETTE KIT 1038 BOOK Juvenile Fiction Media Kits

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Anna and Grandma are planning a surprise for Dad's birthday. Dad thinks he has received all his presents, but Grandma stands up and gives him the best one of all: she reads aloud the stories that Anna has taught her.

Author Notes

Eve Bunting was born in 1928 in Maghera, Ireland, as Anne Evelyn Bunting. She graduated from Northern Ireland's Methodist College in Belfast in 1945 and then studied at Belfast's Queen's College. She emigrated with her family in 1958 to California, and became a naturalized citizen in 1969.

That same year, she began her writing career, and in 1972, her first book, "The Two Giants" was published. In 1976, "One More Flight" won the Golden Kite Medal, and in 1978, "Ghost of Summer" won the Southern California's Council on Literature for Children and Young People's Award for fiction. "Smokey Night" won the American Library Association's Randolph Caldecott Medal in 1995 and "Winter's Coming" was voted one of the 10 Best Books of 1977 by the New York Times.

Bunting is involved in many writer's organizations such as P.E.N., The Authors Guild, the California Writer's Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers. She has published stories in both Cricket, and Jack and Jill Magazines, and has written over 150 books in various genres such as children's books, contemporary, historic and realistic fiction, poetry, nonfiction and humor.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. Dad's birthday is approaching and Anna and her grandmother are preparing something special. Each Wednesday, when everyone is out and Grandma comes to stay with Anna, the two work on the surprise. Books are involved, but that's all that's clear, until Dad, who is a long-distance trucker, comes home and the family gathers to celebrate. After Dad opens all of his presents, Anna announces one more special gift. Grandma pulls out her lumpy bag, chooses a book, and in front of everyone, begins to read. Heretofore, she had been illiterate. Her achievement touches the family's heart, and Anna is proudest, because she has been Grandma's teacher. Carrick's pencil-and- watercolor pictures emphasize the family interaction and warmth; there is a distinctive individuality to the faces, and the emotional triumph of Grandma and Anna is crystal clear. -- Denise Wilms

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bunting's touching story of an unexpected birthday treat contains a subtle message about adult literacy; PW said, ``Carrick's glowing watercolors are the perfect partner to this story of a warm and loving family.'' Ages 3-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A loving story about a proud granddaughter and her successful efforts to teach her grandmother to read. A plug for literacy is just the bonus; the real focus is on the lessons old and young share when they learn to read each other's hearts. A joyful surprise for any day of the week. (June, 1989) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.