The Little Old Man Who Could Not Read
Irma Simonton Black
Pictures by Seymour Fleishman
An old toymaker never wanted to learn to read until his wife went away on a visit and he had to do the grocery shopping by himself. To be released June 2015.
ISBN 9781930900844, Hardcover, 32 pages. Ages 2-8, $18.95.
by Molly Bang
Catch. Throw. Uh-oh. The yellow ball is forgotten at the edge of the water.
Little by little, so no one notices, the ball floats out to sea.
All alone, it travels and drifts into a storm. Tossed by waves all through the night,
it sails ashore next day to a hug and a home.
Luminous pastels and a rhythmic text tell a story that is exciting and reassuring.
To be released summer 2015.
ISBN 9781930900790, Hardcover, 24 pages. Ages 2 and up.
Forgotten at the water's edge, a ball is pulled into the ocean by the tide and eventually washed up on another shore.
Told in a mere 28 words, this tale could be slight, but in Bang's ( The Paper Crane ; Ten, Nine, Eight ) experienced hands,
it becomes a fully realized drama.
The yellow ball, tiny in a vast, vivid sea, bobs along and is viewed from the perspectives
of a gull and a fish, and from "high" above a bridge. Then a storm arises, but the ball outlasts the gale and is finally
deposited safely on a beach--where it is spotted by a boy. The final illustration depicts the sleeping lad hugging his
newfound treasure. The one-word accompaniment to this gratifying scene at the end of an arduous journey is, simply and
satisfyingly, "Home." Ages 2-up. —Publishers Weekly