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Sharon Jennings. Illustrated by Mireille Levert.
Toronto, ON: Annick Press, 1992.
24pp., paper, $5.95.
ISBN 1-55037-234-8. CIP. library binding, $15.95. ISBN 1-55037-237-8.
Also available in French as: Une journée avec Jérémie et Mme Ming. Distributed by Firefly Books.

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Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 2-6

Reviewed by Ila D. Scott.

Volume 20 Number 5
1992 October

This second book in the "Jeremiah and Mrs. Ming" series plays on the theme of "nothing to do." Whenever Jeremiah has time on his hands he knows that the best place to be is near Mrs. Ming, for then some very exciting things begin to happen. Riding on a broomstick, playing hide and seek, jumping on the bed, or dressing up in old clothes all help to make time pass for Jeremiah. Also, Mrs. Ming makes the ideal companion, as she is always ready to join the fun no matter what work she is busily doing.

Although readers are no closer to understanding the relationship between Jeremiah and the mysterious Mrs. Ming than they were in the first book, few will care as they enjoy the rollicking adventures of this delightful duo.

Young readers will also appreciate the humorous illustrations in this book. Each picture has something to search out and relish quite separate from the text while still remaining faithful to the story. This book reinforces the strong message that whenever there is nothing to do, reading is a way to bring many exciting things to pass even if only in one's imagination.

Highly recommended.

Ila D. Scott is Assistant Reference/Collections Librarian at the Herbert T. Coutts Library, University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta.
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