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When will Sarah come?
Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
A little boy waits and listens all day for his older sister to come home from school.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.0 0.5 51049.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Bang-Whirr-Whirr-Crunch. Clip-Clip-Trrrr-Crcrick. Flip-Flap-Plop. What wonderful noises the garbage truck & the tree trimmers & the mail carrier make! But what Jonathan really wants to hear is the telltale Vrrom-Chug-Chug of the big yellow bus that will bring his best playmate, big sister Sarah, home from school. Energized collaborators Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard & Nina Crews get right to the heart of a young child's concerns in this sunny, photographic ode to anticipation, patience, & yes-noise!

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Jonathan's sister, Sarah, started school today and left him at home with his grandmother. Jonathan may not admit it, but his day is filled with excitement. He builds with blocks, rides his fire truck, watches tree trimmers, and blows bubbles. Despite that, he remains inconsolable, though, until Sarah finally comes home. The sounds of Jonathan's day are vividly described. His fire truck goes "Zoom Zoom Barrummm!" the mail comes in "Flip-flap-plop. Plop, "and the letters jump off the page. The text is illustrated with color photographs, and you can see poor Jonathan's disappointment each time a noise doesn't bring Sarah. Younger siblings will love listening to this description of being left behind. --Marta Segal

School Library Journal Review

PreS An excellent book about how it feels to be left behind when an older sibling starts school. Jonathan, in his fireman's outfit, waits and waits at Grandmom's for sister Sarah to come home from school. The sharp, full-color photos and very simple text detail the African-American child's day: reading with grandma, riding his truck ("ZOOM ZOOM BARRUMMM!"), looking out the window, and listening hopefully to the sounds of the mail sliding through the letter slot ("FLIP-flap-plop. PLOP") and the garbage truck grinding up the garbage. At last, the school bus arrives ("VRROM-CHUG-CHUG/MMMM-CHUG"), bringing his sister home to play. The book is sure to appeal to the youngest family members, especially to little boys everywhere who love fire engines and their older siblings. Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.