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Tuesday by David Wiesner
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Jun 20, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy-sci-fi

This Caldecott Medal winning book by David Wiesner is yet another example of his creative, beautifully illustrated picture books. This book has managed to tell a story without words through highly imaginative illustrations.

Every Tuesday evening around eight o'clock, something magical happens. This Tuesday evening, frogs from a pond start to fly on their lily pads throughout the city. The illustrations show the frogs flying over houses, into houses (where they play around with a TV remote control while an old lady sleeps in a chair with the television on), and even chasing a dog in a backyard. As dawn approaches, the lily pads (and hence, the frogs) are shown flying lower and lower until they reach the ground. At that time, the frogs leap back to their pond leaving the people of the city to wonder why there are so many lily pads lying on the ground. The following Tuesday evening around eight o'clock, something strange and magical happens...

The illustration structure varies throughout the book, from double spreads with insets, to pages that show frames depicting a succinct time lapse, to beautifully illustrated double spreads. This book is aimed for children ages four and up and provides a great opportunity for students to tell or write their own words about what is going on in the story. Other David Wiesner books (such as Flotsam & The Three Pigs) would be excellent complimentary books that can help teachers continue literacy activities that could be started with this book.
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Ruth I never considered the idea that the events in this book might occur on a weeks basIs until reading your review. I suppose I just thought about this as a one-time fantastical event. Interesting.

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