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On the town : a community adventure
Caseley, Judith.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Charlie and his mother walk around the neighborhood doing errands so that Charlie can write in his notebook about the people and places that make up his community.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 58277.

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Clarence Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Kenmore Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Orchard Park Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Reference material
City of Tonawanda Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Williamsville Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Charlie's homework was to explore the people and places in his community. "What is my community?" he asked his mother. So they took a walk to find out. With the bounce and humor that have characterized all her popular books over the years, Judith Caseley once again proves that when it comes to the primary school world, there is very little that she doesn't know. Charlie and his mother take a walk that can be taken by anyone with a keen sense of fun -- and open eyes and an inquiring mind.

Author Notes

Judith Caseley was born in the small town of Winfield, New Jersey, a converted army development. She went to Syracuse University and majored in English, but felt she never would get all of the reading done because she worked in the cafeteria. I switched into art in my sophomore year. During her four years in college, she never took a single course in illustration or writing. Ten years later, from greeting cards to gallery work, she became an author and illustrator of children's books. She worked part-time as a receptionist for years until she could support herself. Much of Judith's work is semi-autobiographical. She takes small events from her life or from the lives of her children, and fictionalize them. "Field Day Friday" was based on her son Michael's field day, when his new sneaker fell off in the middle of the race. Judith wrote "Praying to A.L." while my father was dying of Alzheimer's Disease. It is a book that is close to her heart. It deals with loss, death, and rebirth.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. When Charlie's teacher asks her students to visit people and places in their community, his mother takes him on a walk through the neighborhood. He draws pictures of all the community helpers he sees along the way: teacher, police officer, barber, pharmacist, bank teller. Throughout the day, Charlie visits many parts of his community, but only at bedtime does he realize that the best part of the neighborhood is his own home. Written from a child's perspective, the story has a cheerful tone and enough variety to keep the expedition interesting. The lively ink, watercolor, and colored-pencil illustrations are full of intriguing details that children will explore as the text is read aloud. Caseley's latest will receive a warm welcome from librarians combing the shelves for good picture books to support community helper units. Carolyn Phelan.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sparked by a school assignment, a boy and his mother keep track of the people and places in the neighborhood in On the Town: A Community Adventure by Judith Caseley. The child's notebook entries appear throughout in lively watercolor, colored pencil and ink illustrations. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-This simply told tale explores a subject that is routinely studied in the primary grades. Armed with a new black notebook and a homework assignment to explore his community and the people who live in it, Charlie and his mother walk around town and think about what the boy should write down. They run a variety of familiar errands that help him understand the many different establishments that make up his community-such as the bank, the post office, the fire station, and the barbershop-and he draws pictures of the people he meets in each locale. Caseley's illustrations, rendered in watercolors and colored pencil outlined in black ink, provide details through the creative use of borders and spot art that showcases Charlie's notebook entries. This useful title is sure to be a popular choice in libraries everywhere.-Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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