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Title:
Here we all are
Author:
DePaola, Tomie, 1934-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
67 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary:
Children's author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
700 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 1.0 43119.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.8 4 Quiz: 22123 Guided reading level: N.
ISBN:
9780399234965
Format :
Book

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Summary

In a wonderfully warm and funny sequel to 26 Fairmount Avenue, Tomie takes us back into his childhood home as he helps the family get ready for the new baby. Along the way are funny school experiences such as "revenge" at not getting to play Peter Rabbit in the school play because he talks too much, becoming a star at Miss Leah's Dance School, having to eat Nana Fall-River's "sewer-pipe" macaroni, and missing his mom when she goes to the hospital to have the baby. Favorite characters from 26 Fairmount Avenue as well as from his "autobiographical" picture books, Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs, The Baby Sister and Tom make appearances here. Another winning chapter book.


Author Notes

Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut on September 15, 1934. He received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1956, a M.F.A. from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1969, and a doctoral equivalency from Lone Mountain College in 1970.

He has written and/or illustrated more than 200 books including 26 Fairmount Avenue, Strega Nona, and Meet the Barkers. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Caldecott Honor Award, the Newbery Honor Award and the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure. His murals and paintings can be seen in many churches and monasteries throughout New England. He has designed greeting cards, magazine and record album covers, and theater sets. His work is shown in galleries and museums.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-5. Continuing the memoir begun in dePaola's Newbery Honor Book 26 Fairmount Avenue (1999), this short chapter book shows young Tomie as he takes tap dancing lessons, finds his way in kindergarten, and waits a seemingly interminable 10 days for his mother and new baby sister to come home from the hospital. The innocence and good humor of the story will please young readers, even those who don't connect five-year-old Tomie with the many picture books he has written and illustrated as an adult. Those who do will savor his early experiences painting with muddied colors at the classroom easel or making a valentine mail box decorated with hearts and cupids. Teachers looking for examples of writing from experience will find the vividness of the memories and the simplicity of the telling good qualities for their students to emulate. Another satisfying book in a warm episodic family story that makes writing autobiography look easy. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

DePaola continues to share engaging childhood memories in this breezy follow-up to 26 Fairmount Avenue, his inaugural chapter book and a Newbery Honor title. Opening with a chatty tour of their just-completed house, the five-year-old narrator recalls trying out his mother's vanity table ("One day when no one was around, I sat there and put on my mother's lipstick, pretending to be Miss Mae West") and trying to interpret his mother's statement that his new bedroom furniture was "genuine maple" ("When no one was looking, I licked the bedpost to see if it tasted like maple syrup"). The impish boy has some amusing run-ins with his kindergarten teacher, who makes the egregious mistake of passing him over for the title role in "Peter Rabbit," the class play; Tomie in retaliation hams it up and hogs the spotlight as Flopsy. But at the heart of this volume is the pending arrival of a sibling, whom the boy insists will be a baby sister "with a red ribbon in her hair"; fans of dePaola's picture books will recognize this scenario from The Baby Sister and appreciate the amplifications here. Cheerful black-and-white pictures convey Tomie's considerable spunk and help bring his likable family and friends into focus. The author's concluding wordsD"But more about all that later!"Dwill leave fans of all ages eager for the next installment of these lighthearted, anecdotal memoirs. Ages 7-11. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Like an old friend sharing childhood experiences, dePaola recalls events that occurred soon after his family moved to their house on Fairmount Avenue in Connecticut circa 1940. He describes his main obsessions in kindergarten-the anticipated birth of his baby sister, art, and learning to tap dance. His parents, grandparents, his friend Jeannie, and even his art teacher, first introduced in 26 Fairmount Avenue (Putnam, 1999), all make return appearances here, with their personalities and stories expanded and placed more firmly in time. Children will be tickled to read about the time Tomie borrowed his mother's lipstick to make himself up like his favorite movie star, Mae West; or how he licked his bedpost when he learned that it was genuine maple. A black-and-white illustration or small decorative silhouette graces almost every page. Through descriptions and drawings, the author helps readers to understand such historical tidbits as a monitor-top refrigerator and Joe Palooka. This is a perfect step-up for children ready to move from beginning readers to chapter books. A wonderful choice for group or independent reading.-Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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