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The day the picture man came
Gibbons, Faye.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, PA : Boyds Mills Press, 2003.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
The arrival of a professional photographer brightens a young girl's day in this story of an American farm family at the turn of the 20th century.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 69632.
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A traveling photographer takes a picture of Emily's family.

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Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 2. In drawling mountain dialect, freckle-faced, pouting Emily Howard recounts the mayhem that occurs on the day traveling photographer Cecil Bramlett arrives at the family farm. It's tricky to spruce up Ma, Pa, and the five Howard "young uns" and settle them down together; it's trickier still to round up the cat, two dogs, and Peter the goat (who faints when scared). Just when Mr. Bramlett is poised to shoot, the goat grabs Ma's hat. Ma shrieks, and Peter faints in fright. When all is readied again, Peter nibbles Kitty's tail; Kitty runs up the tree, and the goat faints again! The slapstick gets funnier and funnier, encouraged by Meidell's watercolors, which delightfully exaggerate the animals' antics and the humans' reactions. A dignified, sepia-tone family portrait emerges at last--alongside a second picture that captures the family members as they hiss, wiggle, and prepare to faint dead away. Evident in both photos is Emily who, having been called pretty and smart by the photographer, exhibits a newfound contentment with herself, reflected in a broad smile replacing the pout that first creased her freckles. A rollicking, laugh-out-loud read. Ellen Mandel

Publisher's Weekly Review

Gibbons and Meidell (Emma Jo's Song) team up again to produce a rollicking tale of a turn-of-the-20th-century Georgia mountain family visited by a traveling photographer. The photographer's arrival cheers Emily, the narrator, who's feeling frazzled amid the clamor of a five-sibling household ("Then my younger brother Wally's dogs chased my baby sister Jessie's cat through the house and spilled my jar of guaranteed freckle remover all over Papa's almanac"). When the family decides to sit for a portrait-dogs, cat and goat included-the stage is set for an entertaining ruckus. Meidell's watercolors whir with motion, from the energetic barefoot children in their Sunday best to the wild-eyed family pets as they madly pursue one another (except for the goat, Pete, who faints "when he gets scared"). Whatever difficulty readers may have in keeping the names of animals and children straight won't distract much from the comedy that is relayed through the fast-paced, dialect-peppered text and the playful illustrations. Meidell's use of multiple shades of the same color adds texture and depth, while pleasingly containing the chaos. Two sepia-toned "photos" of the mayhem-cursed menagerie serve as a fitting conclusion. Ages 5-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Emily Howard, a barefooted and freckle-faced "young'un" living in the Georgia mountains, is having a bad day until a horse and wagon bring an itinerant photographer to the front porch. All of her siblings want their pets to be included in the family portrait but Mama says no-to no avail. Getting everyone arranged and in place turns out to be a disaster as the animals act up in a general scene of noisy mischief and mayhem. The solution is two pictures, one with just the family and one of the Howards with their animals. And Emily is happy. The story is slight and the watercolor illustrations lack finesse and sparkle. A so-so slice of Americana.-Susan Pine, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.