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Clara and ASHA

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Publisher Comments:

In Clara and Asha — as in Eric Rohmann's Caldecott Medal-winning My Friend Rabbit--a simple storyline becomes the basis for fun and sophistication. Clara's friend Asha is an enormous fish, which means that hide-and-seek, Halloween, snow days, and afternoons in the park offer surprising opportunities for adventure. With oil paintings that playfully suggest stories within stories and convey great emotional range, this is a captivating book about the special world of a child's imagination--where a giant fish might come to visit, and the things you do and the things you fell with an imaginary friend are intensely real.

Review:

"Rohmann (My Friend Rabbit) introduces a girl who leads a fascinating nighttime existence. ' 'Clara! Time for bed,' my mom calls. But I'm not sleepy, so I open my window... and wait for Asha.' Clara blows bubbles into the moonlight, which seem to attract the blunt snout of a benevolent, floating creature. On the next page, Clara reaches out to pet a gigantic, mild-mannered striped blue fish who's just come through her window. 'We met in the park,' the text explains, as Clara peers at a rococo fountain; on its base, stylized fish float tail to tail, blowing out streams of water — and there's Asha. Rohmann has perfected the art of letting the pictures tell the story: here and throughout, he lets the image deliver the punchline. In a page-and-a-half frieze, Asha follows Clara on a slalom course through a cluster of trees with a friendly fish-grin on her face. A series of wordless tableaux imagines Clara and Asha flying together out into a starry sky above a pond, and the two blur tantallizingly (is that a splash in the Milky Way?). As in David Wiesner's work, the fantasy elements look very much at home in the child's realistic setting. Clara and her friend share a poignant farewell scene before the girl returns to bed, her mother never the wiser. In this small-scale, bedtime picture book, Rohmann offers youngsters a taste of power, liberation and joy — and a good joke on the final page. Ages 3-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Eric Rohmann was awarded the 2003 Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit. His other picture books are Time Flies, a 1995 Caldecott Honor Book, The Cinder-Eyed Cats, and Pumpkinhead. He lives in the Chicago area.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781596430310
Author:
Rohmann, Eric
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Fishes
Subject:
Bedtime
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Imaginary companions
Subject:
Children s humor
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 1
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
9.75 x 10.25 x 0.25 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
03-08

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Product details 40 pages Roaring Brook Press - English 9781596430310 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Rohmann (My Friend Rabbit) introduces a girl who leads a fascinating nighttime existence. ' 'Clara! Time for bed,' my mom calls. But I'm not sleepy, so I open my window... and wait for Asha.' Clara blows bubbles into the moonlight, which seem to attract the blunt snout of a benevolent, floating creature. On the next page, Clara reaches out to pet a gigantic, mild-mannered striped blue fish who's just come through her window. 'We met in the park,' the text explains, as Clara peers at a rococo fountain; on its base, stylized fish float tail to tail, blowing out streams of water — and there's Asha. Rohmann has perfected the art of letting the pictures tell the story: here and throughout, he lets the image deliver the punchline. In a page-and-a-half frieze, Asha follows Clara on a slalom course through a cluster of trees with a friendly fish-grin on her face. A series of wordless tableaux imagines Clara and Asha flying together out into a starry sky above a pond, and the two blur tantallizingly (is that a splash in the Milky Way?). As in David Wiesner's work, the fantasy elements look very much at home in the child's realistic setting. Clara and her friend share a poignant farewell scene before the girl returns to bed, her mother never the wiser. In this small-scale, bedtime picture book, Rohmann offers youngsters a taste of power, liberation and joy — and a good joke on the final page. Ages 3-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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