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Shirley Day.
Toronto, ON: Annick Press, 1984.
unpaged, paper, $4.95.
ISBN 0-920236-73-1. paperbound boards, $10.95. ISBN 0-920236-90-1. CIP.

Preschool / Ages 3-5

Reviewed by Bessie Condos Egan.

Volume 12 Number 4
1984 July

A quiet picture story with a definite message that will provide reassurance to children who must cope with an emergency situation. Waldo, a young boy with a messy yard, provides his neighbour, Mr. Tester, with a series of anxiety attacks by having a yard filled with boards, trenches, lion traps, a tree house, etc. When Mr. Tester suffers a heart attack and Waldo falls into his self-made lion trap, Elizabeth saves the day by calling an emergency telephone number. The story is neatly resolved when Mr. Tester learns to appreciate the children and joins them in a backyard game.

Day, author of Ruthie's Big Tree, provides a text that is a blend of narrative and dialogue. Illustrations, which are colour and black and white drawings, reinforce the text.

Children will readily identify with Waldo and Elizabeth and their story. A comforting book that shows children and seniors interacting.

Bessie Condos Egan, Winnipeg P.L., Winnipeg, MB.
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