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Title:
Adam's smile
Author:
McPhail, David M. (David Michael), 1940-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton, [1987]

©1987
Summary:
The night that his bicycle is struck by a car seems to be the longest in Adam's life until he learns the strange and wonderful power of a smile.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780525443278
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The night that his bicycle is struck by a car seems to be the longest in Adam's life until he learns the strange and wonderful power of a smile.


Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

``The night Adam's bicycle was struck by a car was the longest night of his life. It seemed to go on forever.'' Thus begins the story of Adam, who, as a result of the accident, is living in a ``dream'' world, very similar to the world McPhail created in The Dream Child. When Adam's grandmother comes to say goodnight, she tells him that his smile could light up the world. The night wears on, then Adamwho is tied to the bedfinds himself taken captive by a winged horse and two strange-looking creatures. Their leader tells Adam that only his smile can return light to the world and stave off darkness. Adam does smile and the darkness is banished. The leader then turns the winged horse into a bike exactly like the one Adam rode and frees Adam's legs from their ropes. While McPhail's rich watercolors contribute to the magical atmosphere, this story is weighed down by a tiresome plot and cloying sentiments. Ages 4-6. (October) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved