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A Day at the Market by Sara Anderson
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May 06, 08

bookshelves: picture-books-concept
Recommended for: PreSchool-Grade 2
Read in May, 2008

Take children on a trip through Seattle's lively Pike Place Market with local artist Sara Anderson's vibrant, board book tour told in rhyme. Bright, cheerful and detailed paper cut-outs illustrate life in the Market from opening until closing. Young children will enjoy hearing the fun(if sometimes a little forced) rhymes for each of the Market's sights (Freshly ground roast aroma- better than a cup at home-a), as well as delight in the lovely illustrations that sometimes offer a peek into the next page. I particularly enjoyed how true-to-life the book is, showing the market's fish vendors, flower stalls, trinkets, street musicians, and more.

No CIP: back of book: "Set in the halls of Seattle’s fabled Pike Place Market, a place Sara Anderson has shopped and loved for almost a quarter of a century, the book vividly recreates the cacophony, variety, joy, and life that can be found in every market across the land."

SLJ calls it "exquisite, vibrant, energetic and full of interesting details," while Kirkus states that "bright, cut-paper-style illustrations compensate for decidedly patchwork rhyming." Kirkus also points out that the setting is both specific enough to Seattle, but generic enough to show kids any outdoor market.
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