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The Busiest Street in Town

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Agatha Walker does not want to live on the busiest street in town!Rushmore Boulevard is the busiest street in town—until Agatha May Walker decides to do something about it. Armed with a batch of Sweet and Spicy ginger snaps, a wingback chair, a card table, and a Parcheesi set, Agatha and her best friend, Eulalie Scruggs, take to the street to reclaim it from the noisy cars ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Carolyn Hart
Agatha May Walker and Eulalie Scruggs have known each other for a very long time. Friends since infancy, they live across the street from each other and are now both gray-haired. Observant children will notice that their neighborhood has changed dramatically since their youth. Whereas their street was once a tree-lined place where children could play, it is now choked with relentless traffic. It is very difficult to cross - even when one is carrying gingersnaps for a neighbor.

Agatha decides that
Samantha Hastings
A street is so busy that an older lady can't cross it to bring cookies to her dear friend on the other side, so she decides to put her chair in the middle of the street and offered gingersnaps to the drivers who complained. Soon many people were enjoying the street and everything slowed down.

I live on a busy street and I think the last thing I would want to encourage my children to do was to eat, dance, or listen to a Mariachi band in bad traffic.
Agatha May Walker takes on the busy street that she lives on, with a simple, but bold act, and makes great changes. I borrowed this book from the library during my neighborhood search, and while it is focused in on one area, it does highlight neighbors and community.
Reclaim the streets! With old ladies! :)
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Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Loved the quirky story and retro art style, but the message was a bit heavy-handed. Great element is the street name change at the end.
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Mara Rockliff is the author of Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France and Anything but Ordinary Addie, The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic, as well as many other books for children. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her family.
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