________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 20 . . . . June 6, 2002

cover Emily Loves to Bounce.

Stephen Michael King.
Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2000.
32 pp., cloth, $14.99.
ISBN 0-439-98844-6.

Subject Headings:
Jumping-Fiction.
Play-Fiction.
Stories in rhyme.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 2-5.

Review by Wayne Serebrin.

*** /4

excerpt:

Emily loves to bounce and bounce and bounce and bounce.

Sometimes she sleeps, sometimes she eats, but ... most of the time she bounces.

Boing! Emily is a young child in perpetual motion. She bounces wherever she goes - high bounces, low bounces, springing bounces, and boinging bounces. Like a trampoline gymnast, she can bounce on her stomach, on her bottom, and even on one foot. In her imagination, Emily bounces along with her dinosaur, with her cat, with an elephant and with Nana Pat. And not only can she bounce, Emily can also fly like a fairy or spring like a frog or even imagine herself as a bouncing, blue spotted dog. After the best and longest bounce on Mum and Dad's bed, her day finally ends in restful sleep.

     Parents, caregivers and teachers will want to bring out pillows or mats before they read this story aloud. Young children will find it impossible to keep still while they listen and puzzle out the differences among the bouncing adverbs - twisting and toppling, skipping and flipping. Author and illustrator Stephen Michael King uses black ink lines and bright orange, yellow, purple, green, blue and pink watercolour cutouts to express the zaniness and fluidity of Emily's (and her accompanying teddy-bear's) joyful moves. This simple and playful story invites little ones to follow the bouncing Emily.

Recommended.

Wayne Serebrin teaches language and literacy courses in the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.

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ISSN 1201-9364

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