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Follow the leader
Silverman, Erica.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 25 cm
A boy guides his younger brother through a game of follow the leader--until the little one insists on reversing roles.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.2 0.5 45239.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Follow the leader is fun! Who doesn't love to hop and skip and trot and squat and leap behind the leader? Who doesn't love to be the leader? Welcome to Erica Silverman's clever game. As one child follows another and longs for a turn to lead, readers will share all the joy of their exuberant play -- and its occasional frustration, too. G. Brian Karas's bold, brilliant pictures feature endearing boys who make the game truly enchanting.

Author Notes

Erica Silverman is a children's author who has loved books since she was a child. She said that books inspired her daydreams and fantasies. She discovered the magic of libraries before she could read. Her grandmother took her to the 23rd Street branch of the New York Public Library in Manhattan. This is where she started appreciating the experience of picking out books to take home. Her love for reading lead her to writing. It was her grandmother who told her stories that fed her imagination. She drew on these memories when she wrote Gittel's Hands, Raisel's Riddle, When the Chickens Went on Strike and Sholom's Treasure.

For fourteen years she taught English as a Second Language to adult immigrants believing the acquisition of language is empowering. Her love of reading and writing has led her to yet another career. She earned her Masters in Library and Information Science and has become a librarian. She has always spent a great deal of time in libraries, both to research my books and to find books to read for pleasure. One of her favorites was an East European folk tale called 'The Turnip.' Many years later, the memory of this book inspired her to write Big Pumpkin which made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Two little brothers are tucked into bed on a snowy night. The older one commands, from his position on top bunk: "Follow the leader. / Who should it be? / I'm older. I'm bigger. / You follow me." This rhyme initiates a romp that proceeds from simple ("Hop when I hop. / Skip when I'm skipping. / Stop when I stop") to elaborate instructions ("Pretend you're an eagle. / Flap, swoop, and land"), gradually moving the brothers into more imaginative play. Younger siblings will relate to the older brother's imperiousness and delight in the younger brother's mutiny. Karas' artwork, which uses simple geometric shapes (the boys' heads are round, their bodies square), is as cheerfully childlike as the text, which underscores the gentle lesson of taking turns. --Connie Fletcher

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-A big brother narrates this whimsical game of "Follow the Leader," in which he insists that his little brother does whatever he says. Yet, after enduring several pages of (sometimes literally) jumping through hoops, the younger sibling has had enough. Finally, the older boy agrees to give him a turn as leader, rather than lose his playmate. This simple tale captures both the fun and the tension of sibling relationships. The rhyming verses use lots of actions ("Trot like a pony./Squat like a frog./Leap like a rabbit over this log"), making this an ideal choice for storytime. Karas's trademark scratchy illustrations make good use of simple lines to convey the characters' feelings (the determinedly mischievous look on the younger brother's face as he sneaks off leaves no doubt as to what he is up to). In addition, the illustrations work with the text to honor a child's sense of play. For instance, the picture for "Like an acrobat, balance. Oops! Careful, don't fall" shows the boys balancing tenuously on a piece of string laid across the floor. A pleasing romp that will find a home in any collection.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.