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For strawberry jam or fireflies
Hartman, Gail.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Bradbury Press, [1989]

Physical Description:
28 unnumbered pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 21 x 24 cm
Relates the uses of such things as a truck tire, a ball of string, a mason jar, and an orange carrot.
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J PIC BK . Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BK . Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Relates the uses of such things as a truck tire, a ball of string, a mason jar, and an orange carrot.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-6. A concept book that gently nudges readers into thinking about how common everyday items can have more than one use. Airy pen-and-wash drawings feature a little boy interacting with a diverse array of items: a wooden spoon for mixing cookie dough or for tapping out a tune on pots and dishes; a quilt for sleeping under or for making a tent; a carrot for "a rabbit's lunch" or a snowman's nose. The page design is tidy, with each scene neatly framed and the object clearly labled in uppercase letters at page top. Good for sparking discussion with toddlers, this can also be a useful springboard for a creative-thinking exercise with slightly older children. --Denise Wilms

Publisher's Weekly Review

Household objects are assigned duo purposes (in the title, a jar), sometimes strictly functional and other times, serving as children's playthings. ``A big tire / for rolling down the road / or swinging from the tree / . . . A wooden spoon / for mixing cookies / or tapping a tune.'' This will be familiar territory for most readers, who often use found objects in creative ways. The first part of the text, naming the object, is framed by art, and the two uses are depicted in the spreads. Although Weiss provides some whimsical touches, her illustrations adhere to the text absolutely--in watercolor and colored pencil, she works strictly within the boundaries of the concept. Ages 1-4. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-- Cheerful illustrations demonstrate the concept of multiple uses, as a little boy and his dog appear as participants in each demonstration of the ways in which objects serve dual purposes. The pastel watercolor and colored-pencil drawings create a softness in the scenes, and the doll-like characters evoke a relaxed mood and a sense of happy times with each activity. Two particularly amusing shifts show a paper bag used first for groceries and then decorated as a Halloween mask; raisins can be a snack or a face on a cookie. Most of the 11 items will be comfortably recognizable to toddlers, but some children might be baffled to see that ``a big tire'' can be used for rolling down the road or that a dresser drawer (while in the dresser) serves as a dog's bed. The vignettes encourage creative thinking about a third or fourth use for these objects in addition to setting the moment for telling stories about the activities observed. Adults could explore with children the many other objects used for ``dual'' functions. --Ellen Dibner, East School, Long Beach, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.