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Block party today!
Singer, Marilyn.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Three friends resolve their differences and enjoy their neighborhood's block party.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 82025.

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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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On the first Saturday of June everyone on Berkeley Place is turning out to eat corn bread and cookies, to dance to the drumbeat, to play in the street, to have the best block party ever. Everyone except Lola. She's too angry at her friends Yasmin and Sue to join in the fun. But as the day progresses Lola can't resist. Yasmin and Sue spot her and pull her under the hydrant's spray with them. In an instant, all bad feelings are gone and the trio are back in sync again, double Dutching up and down the street. This festive picture book celebrates good friends, good neighbors, and summertime in the city.

Author Notes

Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx, New York, on October 3, 1948, and lived most of her early life in North Massapequa on Long Island. She attended Queens College, City University of New York as an English major and education student, and for her junior year, attended Reading University, in England. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Queens and a MA in Communications from New York University. Marilyn Singer had been teaching English in New York City high schools for several years when she began writing in 1974. Initially, she wrote film notes, catalogues, teacher's guides and filmstrips. She also began looking into magazine writing. Her article proposals were not very successful, but she did manage to have some of her poetry published. Then one day she penned a story featuring talking insects she'd made up when she was eight. Encouraged by the responses she got, she wrote more stories and in 1976 her first book, The Dog Who Insisted He Wasn't, was published.

Since then, Marilyn has published more than 50 books for children and young adults. In addition to a rich collection of fiction picture books, Singer has also produced a wide variety of nonfiction works for young readers as well as several poetry volumes in picture book format. Additionally, Singer has edited volumes of short stories for young adult readers, including Stay True: Short Stories for Strong Girls and I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. City dwellers will instantly recognize the neighborly camaraderie, born of rubbing shoulders in stairwells and on stoops, that is captured in this oh-so-summery picture book. It's the first Saturday in June, and the multiethnic, multigenerational residents of Berkeley Place in Brooklyn are having a block party. Roth's warm, relaxed watercolors depict the big fun of the day, which includes all the quintessential pleasures associated with both season and setting: slurping snow cones;\b skipping rope and dancing to bongos; kicking back to enjoy some take-it-easy time. Though the story line about a disagreement among three little girls feels like an afterthought, both text and art beautifully catch the excitement of an event that transforms ho-hum surroundings into a playground: No cars! No trucks! Time to run in the street! Time to play double Dutch! Pair with Nina Crews' The Neighborhood Mother Goose (2003) or Mari Takabayashi's I Live in Brooklyn BKL Ap 1 04 , two other recent celebrations of outer-borough bonhomie. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-The whole street is waking up and getting ready for the big summer kick-off block party-except Lola, who grumpily pulls the covers over her head and refuses to get out of bed. It turns out that her two friends, Yasmin and Sue, didn't let her jump first in double Dutch and she's mad, mad, mad. As the day goes on, the party heats up. There are snow cones, music, dancing, and food. Lola is drawn down to her stoop by the joyful sounds, and when her friends spot her, she is coaxed into joining them, and they all enjoy cooling off in a fire hydrant's spray. Feuding with friends and making up is a common experience for children, and the illustrations authentically capture this situation. Through a seemingly endless palette of watercolors, wonderful details, and a variety of perspectives, the neighbors and their environs come alive. This multicultural cast of characters comes in all shapes and sizes, and their personalities are playfully present in their expressions and actions. A fun choice for welcoming summer or for exploring friendships.-Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.