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Sailor boy jig
Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A little sailor stomps and dances.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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A never before published offering from the beloved author of Goodnight Moon follows a little sailor dog as he spends his days on the high seas. Full-color illustrations.

Author Notes

Margaret Wise Brown was born on May 10, 1910 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, to Robert Brown, a Vice President at American Manufacturing Company and Maud Brown, a housewife. She attended school in Lausanne, Switzerland for three years, before attending Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts for two years. In 1928, she began taking classes at Hollis College in Virginia.

In 1935, Brown began working at the Bank Street Cooperative School for student teachers. Two years later, her writing career took off with the publication of "When the Wind Blows." Over the course of fourteen years, Brown wrote over one hundred picture books for children. Some of her best known titles include Goodnight Moon, Big Red Barn and Runaway Bunny.

Margaret Wise Brown died on November 13, 1952 of an embolism following an operation in Nice, France.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. In a previously unpublished lyric, readers are invited to cavort: «Jump Big / jump little / jump little / Jump Big / Now you are a sailor dancing a jig.» Then, after a round of vigorous movement: «With a yo ho ho / like a sleepy old pup / fall down and rest, / for your jig is up!» Andreasen takes the «pup» reference literally (though he passes up the chance to explore the ominous connotations of the final line), sending a stubby, turquoise puppy in a sailor suit out on a fishing boat to dance and plunk his grinning catch into a fish bowl before twirling off below decks for a dish of boiled beans, and bed. Brevity, simple language, and strong rhythms combine to make this a good choice, both for children who can't sit still, and for those just discovering the pleasures of poetry. John Peters.

Publisher's Weekly Review

This slim, posthumously published rhyme occasions lighthearted oil paintings from Andreasen (By the Dawn's Early Light), who trades his customarily solemn, realistic style for something closer to cartoon. Giving new meaning to the phrase "sea dog," the main character is portrayed by Andreasen as a fully bipedal, chunky blue dog wearing sailor shirt and cap. Spending the day at sea, he enacts Brown's simple rhyme: "With a yo ho ho/ and a bucket of fun,/ here comes a sailor / the jig has begun." The "jig" centers around crescendos and decrescendos, e.g., "Dance Big/ dance little/ [here the type shrinks several point sizes] dance little/ Dance Big." Eventually readers are tapped: "Now you are a sailor dancing a jig." Andreasen renders the main action in velvety, marine-hued oils and large rounded shapes; in the background, grinning suns and smiling buoys confer a nostalgic touch. Diminutive navy-blue line drawings in the margins show the dog's dance moves. In addition to his jigging, the pup is a skilled multi-tasker as he steps and jumps, he also hooks a cheerful, plump fish and adopts it for a pet, then feeds it dinner. The pup's presence and charisma fuels the modest text and issues an invitation to readers to get up and dance. Ages 2-5. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-An exuberant canine wearing a sailor shirt and cap and carrying a fishing pole and bucket full of worms enacts this jaunty rhyme. Sailor Boy bounds on board his little ship, steers the wheel, lets out his hook, and reels in a smiling fish. He then places it in a bowl, cooks supper, dons his pajamas, and, along with the fish, goes to sleep. A refrain with variations begs to be chanted aloud, and changes in font size provide visual clues to the loudness and the softness of the presentation. Andreasen's cheerful oil paintings are uncluttered and allow the dog to be the center of attention. Use as a read-aloud and as a bedtime story.-Susan Pine, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.