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Come back, Hannah!
Russo, Marisabina.
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Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2001.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Fast-crawling Hannah keeps Mama busy by getting into all kinds of mischief around the house.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 47499.

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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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If you know someone who crawls, this is the book you've been waiting for. Hannah is on her way--and all Mama can do is call, "Come back, Hannah," and go after the speeding explorer. Parents and caretakers of Hannah's contemporaries will chuckle as they recognize their young adventurer. And every child who crawls will find Hannah's story filled with excitement and surprise and will happily sit still to listen to it.

Author Notes

Marisabina Russo is a children's book author and illustrator. She has written and illustrated over twenty books for children and young adults. Her most notable books include The Line Up Book (winner of the IRA Children¿s Book Award) and Always Remember Me (an ALA Notable Book). She was born in New York, New York and graduated from Mount Holyoke College with BA in Studio Art in 1971. She began her career as a freelance illustrator. Her work appeared frequently in The New Yorker and included several covers. She then went on to illustrate a book of poetry for children, Vacation Time by Nikki Giovanni. She started publishing her own stories with Greenwillow Books in 1986. Russo¿s books come from her childhood memories and her experiences as a mother. Her illustrations, painted in gouache, are colorful and two-dimensional, reminiscent of folk art. Ms. Russo has also written young adult novels.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 2physical expansion, toddlers crawl with gusto, from here to there and back again, as if on a tireless quest. Russo playfully documents the explorations of her own daughter, Hannah--who clearly kept her mother on the run. From dogs to doorways, books to pots and pans, this little creeper in coveralls took it all in (and down and out) as her mother trailed her, calling, "Come back, Hannah!" It is the perfect picture book for slightly older children with younger siblings on the prowl. Russo's signature art, with appealing use of white space and blocks of dense, solid color, catches all the action. --Kelly Milner Halls

School Library Journal Review

PreS-In this third title about Hannah, the toddler is crawling. Each time she scoots away, Mama races after her, scoops her up, tells her how fast she is, and sets her down close at hand. However, there are so many things to attract Hannah's attention and draw her away. "Come back, Hannah," is the refrain as Mama chases after her. Descriptive metaphors compare the child to a crab on the beach, a mouse in the field, a lizard on a tree, and a bunny in the garden. After Mama writes a letter, exercises, makes a phone call, and picks up after the youngster, she reads her a story several times and puts her in her crib to nap. Gouache paintings extend the story nicely. The use of curved lines makes Hannah's home look comfortable and child safe. When she is with her mother, the text is boxed on one side of the double-page spread opposite an illustration. When she is off and running, the art takes up the entire spread, showing the child's more open, extended world. This realistic depiction of a day in the life of a toddler will make a nice addition to any preschool collection.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.