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A Piece of Chalk
A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES in an ordinary box of chalk...What would you do with a brand new box of chalk, and a whole driveway as your chalkboard? What would you draw? This little girl draws a red brick wall for starters, then a yellow sun, a brown bird and more. Watch her create a magical picture, as she adds details with each turn of the page. But what happens when a gray ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Roaring Brook Press
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Jan 30, 2014 Linda rated it 4 of 5 stars
This book was found by my picture book buddy, who loaned it to me because she knows I participate in the Chalk-a-bration at the end of every month, hosted by Betsy Hubbard at her Teaching Young Writers blog. A little girl works hard to draw a beautiful picture on her sidewalk, and even in the rain, everything turns out beautifully. The illustrations are sweet, including pets, green grass and blue sky, a perfect day for chalking.
Call me nit-picky but I probably wouldn't share this book with kids because 1) I would worry they'd try to mimic the little girl's style f drawing and 2) Rain on sidewalk chalk would lighten it or wash it away, not make a rainbow.
Sweet, but nothing special. The illustrations are cute and the text isn't too long--but it just didn't connect with me. Maybe if the problem/conflict had been introduced earlier in the story, it would have been more interesting.
Jennifer A. Ericsson is a children's librarian, the author of a number of picture books, and the co-author of the popular The Everything Kids' Puzzle Book series. She lives in Concord, New Hampshire.More about Jennifer A. Ericsson...