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One Hot Summer Day

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
"An effervescent city child dances through a hot summer day until a thunderstorm brings welcome relief. Executed in collages made from color photographs, imaginatively redefined in unexpected juxtaposition....A wonderful concept book, grounded in ordinary events yet touched with magic, that will strike a familiar chord with preschool audiences while enlarging their ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 31st 1995 by Greenwillow Books (first published May 1st 1995)
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Dec 02, 2016 Garren rated it liked it
Crews takes wonderful bits of life photos of black kids!
Dec 24, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
With minimal text, and a unique perspective, Nina Crews uses a cut and paste collage-style, placing cut-out, color photographic images over digitally manipulated settings in surprising and creative ways to convey the sheer joy of an exuberant young African American girl who spends a hot, summer day doing all the wonderful things she loves to do. She “teases” her shadow, creates chalk drawings, plays on the playground, enjoys popsicles, and eventually dances in the cooling, and welcome rain. The ...more
A children's book that described what a child could do on a hot summer day.

My first impression of this book was purely positive. I was happy to have a book I could read to Lauryn that had an African-American girl as the main subject. However, I quickly found out that the photos that illustrated the books were extremely poor and distracting to the story. The photos appeared to be cut out and placed as illustrations and severely detracted from the main plot of the story. I think I could have done
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Crews, Nina. One Hot Summer Day. Greenwillow Books. NY. 1995.
This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read.

One Hot Summer Day is the first book written by Nina Crews. In this book Nina uses minimal text to tell the story of one of the hot days she remembers from childhood. The illustrations are created in a collage style, with photographs overlapping one another and multiple photos per page. This is definitely a good pick to read with children in Kindergarten and fir
Jul 07, 2011 David rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, city
One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews is a concept book about a preschooler's activities during a very hot summer day and her joy over a rain storm that relieves the heat.

The text describes the activities the girl does, including faning herself, dancing with her shadow, drawing on the sidewalk with chalk, eating grape popsicles, and dancing, singing and splashing in the rain.

The photograph collage effectively tells the story while reflecting a very urban landscape. Young children should recognize th
Aug 05, 2012 Janet rated it liked it
Interesting concept of illustration, photographic collage and I liked the book as it captures the true essence of being a child on a hot summer day. The choice of photographs in this title won't become outdated quickly as they do in many books illustrated with photos. Besides I wanted to see the artistic talent of the daughter of Ann Jonas and Donald Crews, two great illustrators.
Traci Bold
Dec 10, 2015 Traci Bold rated it really liked it
Nina Crews brings to life what life in the city on a hot summer day is like for one child who doesn't let the heat get to her. In fact, she finds fun in many forms and is rewarded by Mother Nature eventually.

Sweet book, I felt the heat of the streets as I read it and was happy for the promise of heat relief at the end.

Written and illustrated by Nina Crews, published by Greenwillow Books.
Jul 25, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bright photo collages and short text show an African-American girl enjoying a hot summer day in the city. She teases her shadows, eats two grape popsicles, and when it starts raining, she dances. This short and sweet book is perfect for summertime storytimes.
Dec 29, 2015 Kerry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
On the county reading list for pre-schoolers, but it was pretty lame. Both and I and my preschooler thought so.
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Jun 28, 2009 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2009, other-usa
Short narrative/captions with photos of a little girl in an urban summer environment. Captures the essence of a hot day in summer.
Jun 10, 2010 Mary rated it it was ok
Well, hm. I almost like it but it looks like bad photoshopping instead of creative collage. I might give it a storytime whirl.
Christine McKenna Lok
Jun 19, 2015 Christine McKenna Lok rated it really liked it
Pros: Captures preschooler's activities as she copes with the heat!

Cons: A couple of photos fuzzy, a confusing page with puzzle pieces.
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Nina Crews is a well known author and an illustrator children's books. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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