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The Most Perfect Spot Library Binding – May 2 2006

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0060726989
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins (May 2 2006)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Library Binding ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780060726980
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0060726980
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 413 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.59 x 0.64 x 27.94 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1 Jack invites his mother on a picnic, but the outing appears doomed from the start. The boy's first choice for the lunch in Prospect Park is a boat, but something frightens a flock of ducks, which in turn startles Mama and Jack, causing them both to fall in the lake. A picnic on the grass while their clothing dries turns into a disastrous affair when something spooks several horses, and they toss up mud in their haste to run away. Undaunted, the mother and son make other attempts to lunch only to face one mishap after another. When rain drives them indoors, they finally find the perfect spot for their picnic. They also discover that a small brown-and-white dog has followed them home; they take him in and name him (what else?) Spot. Suddenly, who knows why, is the story's refrain, which will guarantee audience participation. Mama and Jack remain clueless as to the cause of the day's constant disruptions while readers will clearly see that the pooch has been the source of the chaos. Watercolor illustrations depict an affable multihued cast of characters and a warm parent/child relationship while exuding a pleasant, old-fashioned flavor. A delightful tale. Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PreS-Gr. 2. Young Jack wants to go on a picnic with his mother and thinks that he knows the perfect spot in Prospect Park. Maybe it is, but getting there is fraught with problems. The rowboat, which is a little tipsy, leads to a wet Mama and Jack. Horses and riders gallop by, covering the pair with mud. Even a ride on the carousel turns out badly. When the rain begins to pour down, Mama and Jack decide there's only one perfect spot for a picnic--back home. As in books such as Monkey Mo Goes to Sea (2002), Goode's art was inspired by the early years of the last century: a gracefully costumed Mama and Jack, who wears a sailor suit, revel in their leisurely outing before everything starts to go bad. Appearing in large pink letters, the words "But . . . suddenly," which continuously interrupt the story, add propellant to the short text. Full of amusing details and nice touches, including a little dog that appears in every scene and winds up going home with the pair, this book will sustain more readings than one might expect. Ilene Cooper
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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