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Someone says
Schaefer, Carole Lexa.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A day at preschool has leaping frogs, dancing ponies, flapping wings, eating like tigers, and all the things that children can dream.
Reading Level:
Ages 3-7.

380 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.3 0.5 69951.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 34467 Guided reading level: D.
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In the morning, as always, we line up to go into school. Someone says, "Let's leapfrog in." And . . . spring-boink, spring-sproink . . . we do. Join this lively group of Asian children as they pretend and imagine their way through the day, becoming ponies that prance, birds that swoop, tigers that slurp, and dreamers who invent a thousand other things to become . . . on another day. Carole Lexa Schaefer and Pierr Morgan, author and illustrator of The Squiggle, bring together vibrant artwork and onomatopoeic language to celebrate and inspire the wondrous creativity of children. Illustrated by Pierr Morgan.

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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. In The Squiggle (1996), a class of preschoolers created an imagined world from a ribbon's swirl. In this joyful follow-up, the class finds more magic in simple, everyday activities, from entering school to eating lunch noodles. The spare, poetic text follows a pattern: a child makes a suggestion (Let's eat up our noodles like tigers! ) and the group leaps into action. The words crackle with rhythm and sound (scribba-dibba, floosh-flash, slip, slop, slurp ) that is perfect for read-alouds, and the images beautifully extend the story's tone of freewheeling creativity in uncluttered, Asian-influenced pictures showing real and imagined worlds together. On one spread, for example, jumping frogs, rendered in just a few elegant gouache strokes, overlay bright marker drawings of leap-frogging children. With minimal words and colored lines, this title perfectly captures preschoolers' exuberant energy and the limitless fun they have when they work together. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this low-key account of imaginative play, nine classmates spend a day making up pleasant activities. Each time "someone" proposes a game, the rest happily cooperate. When they arrive at school, "Someone says, `Let's leapfrog in.' And... spring-boink, spring-sproink we do." As the smiling children hop, frog shapes in neon-bright outlines are superimposed on their bodies. Later, during art class, "Someone says, `Mei Lin can't stand still. Let's draw her dancing like a pony.' " A lively girl, drawn in gestural black ink strokes, prances and bows while her friends use bamboo brushes to paint curvy blue and purple horses. Schaefer and Morgan (who previously teamed up for The Squiggle and Snow Pumpkin) imply the classmates' Asian heritage with visual motifs such as ink stamps, and their fanciful creations include classical singers with white-painted faces and flowing kimonos. With chopsticks (or their hands), the kids play at being hungry tigers who "slip, sloop, slurp" a snack of noodles, and they pretend to build a multicolored pagoda from mundane wooden blocks. Morgan uses ribbony strokes of color to draw the nine individualized children, and an undecorated, tepid beige background leaches the heat out of her flushed pinks and intense blues. Despite the silliness of Schaefer's onomatopoeia and the mobile characters, this book's repetitive formula and mild pictures may suit restful readers better than a high-energy audience. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-An appealing group of children is on its way to school when someone gets the idea to leapfrog the way there and-"spring-boink, spring-sproink"-everyone joins in. Sparked by one another's inspirations, they think of other imaginative things to do-they make up songs, draw a classmate dancing like a pony, build a house with blocks, pretend they are birds, eat their lunch like tigers, and, finally, head home to dream up another day. The simplicity of the story is enriched with rhythmic, playful language and the repetition of "we do" as the children transform everyday activities into creative ideas and action. The exuberant art, combining Prismacolor markers and gouache, shows colorfully dressed youngsters bursting with energy. Superimposed over several scenes are bold drawings of their imaginings-frogs of yellow, green, and turquoise; singers reminiscent of characters from The Mikado; prancing horses; and dramatic buildings. The final spread is an eye-popper as three sleeping children dream away, one wrapped in the arms of a panda, another plucking the strings of an instrument, and the central figure morphing into a magnificent butterfly. A glorious book.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.