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The High Streetby Alice Melvin
Synopses & Reviews
Sally has a list of ten items she needs to buy. Open the flaps to see inside the shops, where unusual things are going on. Should those wild animals be upstairs in the pet shop? Will the plates fall off the wall in Mr. Cooper’s China Shop? Can Sally find everything on her list? Children will pore over this charmingly illustrated interactive book to find out.
Each shop is depicted in Alice Melvin’s trademark highly detailed illustrations that both evoke a previous age and yet remain strongly contemporary. Rhyming text and repetition of Sally’s shopping list make this book perfect for reading aloud.
Praise for The High Street
“A satisfyingly unique ending. The inventive format and crisp retro details will put this at the top of every curious little girl’s reading list.”
–School Library Journal
"Sally, a girl who carries a shopping basket and wears a red A-line jumper, needs to pick up 10 specific items from the High Street, including a yellow rose, a bunch of grapes, and a tin kazoo. Readers can assist her in finding the objects by lifting full-page flaps that reveal the interiors of the High Street's shops. At each location, Sally walks away with one of the items from her list. At Mr Botton's bakery, there's 'no cockatoo,/ no tin kazoo,/ no Persian rug,/ no stripy jug,/ but a cherry tart!' Sally finds a Persian rug at Ms Yoshiko's antiques shop, roller skates at Mr Crispin's toyshop, and a bunch of grapes at the greengrocer's, but still no yellow rose. Scottish author and artist Melvin (Counting Birds) fills her matte pages with ornamental pen-and-ink details, paying special care to brick inlay, awnings, arches, wallpaper, and fabric patterns. Surprises are nestled within every page (a puppet show, a brass trio), with the final one being a message: the most treasured gifts of all may not always be on the list. Ages 4 — 8. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Swans, swallows, peacocks, geese, and starlings appear in this charming story that leads children through a spring day from dawn to dusk. Deep in the countryside, the day begins with with a solitary cockerels crow, sunlight falling on two lovebirds in a cage, and three china ducks on a wall. Magpies, chicken, and many more familiar birds are lovingly portrayed in Alice Melvins intricate signature style, while a rhyming text makes this an ideal book to read aloud with children learning to count.
About the Author
Alice Melvin is one of the most highly regarded young illustrators in the UK. Her first book, the interactive A-to-Z Treasure Hunt, was published in 2008.
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