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What Did You Do Today? Hardcover – April 8 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Through a series of "interviews" with 14 farm residents, Arquette (Daddy Promises) and Hayashi (My Two Grandmothers) model a wide range of idiosyncratic responses to that ubiquitous question, "What did you do today?" A fish replies, "I went out swimming with my school. We visited a crystal pool Where water ripples clean and cool. That's what I did today." A pig "found some mucky, muddy ground. I wallowed deep and rolled around. I made my favorite grunting sound." Hayashi's watercolor cartoons capture the bucolic expansiveness of a rural landscape, and she endows the nonhuman characters with comic dashes of personality (a bee, for example, angrily glares at a honey-stealing bear). However, various inconsistencies in the illustrations undermine the book's strengths. In the opening spreads, a boy seems to be set up as the observer/interrogator but he's absent from the middle sequences. Another promising thread an animal appearing as a minor character in one scene generates the action in the scene that follows falls by the wayside for the final pages. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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reSchool-On each spread of this lilting read-aloud, a child asks about an animal's activities: "What did you do today, little bee? What did you do today? A brown bear took my honey out. I buzzed and bumbled all about. And then I stung him on the snout. That's what I did today." The bee's annoyed expression and the bear's dismay are convincingly portrayed in the large, uncluttered illustrations. Other creatures that describe their day include a dog, cat, pig, chick, ant, fish, and spider. The repetitive question and response-"What did you do today? That's what I did today"-invites youngsters to join in the recitation. The book concludes with the child's day and bedtime. Hayashi's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are competent and on occasion sweet and or funny, but are no match for the delightful, rhythmic text. This is unfortunate because a good picture book might have been a great one.
Susan Weitz, Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HMH Books for Young Readers (April 8 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0152014144
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0152014148
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 386 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 21.59 x 0.64 x 24.77 cm
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