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Jumping day
Esbensen, Barbara Juster.
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First Boyds Mills Press paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 2000.

Physical Description:
24 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A girl celebrates the joys of jumping from the moment she wakes up until it is time to jump back into bed.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.0 0.5 35589.
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Jumping, running, skipping, and hopping all come naturally to most children, and in this joyful, simple text, Barbara Juster Esbensen celebrates the pleasures of jumping through the day--starting with the moment a child hops out of bed in the morning. A frog, a butterfly, raindrops, puddles, pillows, and chairs all provide new occasions for jumping as a little girl has breakfast, goes to school, and comes home to play. Maryann Cocca-Leffler uses rich, vibrant color in her illustrations anda glowing warmth of expression in her portrayal of a child and her mother as they share this exuberant day.

Author Notes

Barbara Juster Esbensen was the 1994 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her books include Who Shrank My Grandmother's House? and Words with Wrinkled Knees.

Maryann Cocca-Leffler is the author and illustrator of Bus Route to Boston and Clams All Year. She lives in Amherst, New Hampshire.

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Resplendent in her purple leotards with pink flowers and red rubber boots, a little girl jumps all the way to school, up the stairs, under the spray of the water fountain, over chairs, and down a mountain of pillows. Esbensen captures the energy and delight of a child at play with clear, rhythmic verses. Lovely images such as "Lightning/jumps over the land/and lights up/the fort in my tree" reflect how youngsters relate to the natural world. The text encourages participation: "Raindrops/jump into my hand./SPLASH!/How many drops do we see?" Equally inviting are Cocca-Leffler's brilliant acrylic, pastel, and colored-pencil paintings that vibrate with color and also reflect a child's perspective. An excellent addition to storytime collections that will leave listeners jumping for joy.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.