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Children's Collection Children's Fiction J3-4 DEP Available 39270002351470

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In a wonderfully warm and funny sequel to 26 Fairmount Avenue, Tomie takes us back into his childhood home as he helps the family get ready for the new baby. Along the way are funny school experiences such as "revenge" at not getting to play Peter Rabbit in the school play because he talks too much, becoming a star at Miss Leah's Dance School, having to eat Nana Fall-River's "sewer-pipe" macaroni, and missing his mom when she goes to the hospital to have the baby. Favorite characters from 26 Fairmount Avenue as well as from his "autobiographical" picture books, Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs, The Baby Sister and Tom make appearances here. Another winning chapter book.

Children's author-illustrator Tomie De Paola describes his experiences at home and in school when he was a boy.

BRA $13.99 1-2002

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(Primary) Having successfully settled into 26 Fairmount Avenue (rev. 5/99), young Tomie dePaola begins the second half of his kindergarten year, which witnesses his early success in art, tap-dancing, and theatrics, not to mention the birth of his sister Maureen. Although this sequel hasn't the strong focus of the first book, the details of Tomie's life are recalled (or re-imagined) with vivid precision, as when he tries to tell his somewhat limited teacher how his mother's cousin Morton Downey gave him the spelling of his name: ""I don't care what your mother's famous cousin said....You should just be thankful that I don't call you Thomas. Now go and sit down."" While T-o-m-i-e would go on to suffer being spelled T-o-m-m-y for the next seven years, it didn't cause his light to shine any less brightly; even a demotion (for talking) from Peter Rabbit to Flopsy in the school play fails to do that. It's nice to see an author autobiography revel in the natural egocentricity of childhood so unabashedly; nice, too, to see a boy triumph in ""unmasculine"" pursuits. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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