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A day with Nellie
Jocelyn, Marthe.
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Tundra Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 65144.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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"Wake up, Nellie! The fun is about to begin. First, there's deciding what to wear. Then there's breakfast with all kinds of shapes and textures and tastes. From indoor play in a made-up train, to a trip to the park and a bedtime cuddle with Daddy, Nellie's day is full of discoveries. Marthe Jocelyn's bright collages incorporate a feast of concepts for small children to explore. With so much to look at and talk about, A Day with Nellie is sure to be a favorite with the very young and with the people who take care of them."

Author Notes

" Marthe Jocelyn is a talented author and artist who worked for many years as a toy designer. She has written and illustrated two other picture books using cloth collages, and written four novels for older readers. Marthe Jocelyn lives with her husband and two daughters in New York City and Stratford, Ontario."

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 1. Jocelyn, who treated children to an ingenious story wrapped around collections in Hannah's Collections (2000), now offers a new book that is both delightfully child-friendly and practical enough to get kids thinking. Kids are invited to spend a day with Nellie as she gets dressed, has a picnic, plays with toys, becomes tired and cranky, and then revives after a nap--activities very familiar to children. In fact, the charming collage artwork will inspire kids to think about their own days as they name Nellie's friends (her stuffed animals, her quilted blankie); point out the letters of the alphabet as Nellie plays teacher; and identify the bath items at tub time (washcloth, sponge, rubber ducky, etc.). There are so many things to see and so many different objects (cloth, paper, buttons, felt, and pasta, among other things) used to make the pictures that numerous readings will be guaranteed. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Spending time with Nellie is a simple affair. She gets up, dresses, eats, plays, naps, has a picnic, plays some more, takes a bath, eats supper, and goes to bed. The straightforward text subtly introduces numbers, colors, the alphabet, and other concepts, with some questions thrown in to make the story interactive. Jocelyn's charming, intricate collages magically turn cloth, buttons, and other materials into lively, colorful, multidimensional scenes. Children will enjoy the pictures and relate to this day in the life of a typical preschooler.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.