|Most unusual day|
Author: Mallery, Sydra
Caroline is anxious all day at school, nervous about her newly-adopted sister's arrival from far away.
|Illustrator:||Goodale, E. B.|
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 194178
Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/15/18)
School Library Journal (+) (03/01/18)
The Hornbook (00/03/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—A young girl named Caroline moves through her unusual day at school, preparing for the impending arrival of her new baby sister. Mallery's simple text makes readers feel her preoccupation and discomfort. They are told that she is usually up early, organized, calm, and helpful, but on this day, "she forgot her socks. She forgot her lunch box. Her feet were sweaty and she had to eat school lunch." There is no explicit mention of adoption, and even the existence of the new baby is not revealed until nearly the end of the book. Rather, the text and illustrations provide ample space for questions and further discovery through reading and rereading, including subtle textual and pictorial clues, such as the words "far, far, away," and Caroline's interest in airplanes. The focus of the story is Caroline's experience, and the ways in which her perspective changes upon meeting the baby, who made "every usual thing, unusually new and perfectly right." Because of this, the book could be read with any child expecting a new sibling, despite the baby's depiction as older than a newborn. Caroline and her world are lovingly rendered by Goodale in ink and watercolors. The setting is modern, and the color palette fresh and light. The pages are full of detail and texture where it matters, clean lines, with secondary characters and objects sketched in gray and pastel silhouettes. VERDICT This adoption story fills an important need in most picture book collections while also representing the general experience of becoming an older sibling. A must purchase for any library serving families.—Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2018 There’s a sweetness to this story of Caroline’s topsy-turvy day, one that comes from the quiet understanding of classmates and her teacher. Caroline is disorganized, forgetful, distracted at school, and also clumsy, but there’s a good reason, and everyone seems to understand. Goodale’s illustrations clue readers in to the special nature of this day: a small airplane appears in the sky of the front cover and end pages, and Caroline creates a broccoli family at school. The repetition of certain words, like today, remind us just how important this day is, while a double-page spread of a wall clock emphasizes waiting. There’s minimal background in the illustrations, which focus primarily on Caroline, who is always in motion (eyes will follow her red shoes and eyeglasses). Caroline’s special day ends with suitcases in the backseat of a car and a baby sister who has come from far away. On the final page, the multiracial family circles their new addition. A lovely, charming addition to the growing canon of adoption stories. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.