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A Most Unusual Day

A MOST UNUSUAL DAY

by: Mallery, Sydra
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description Something rather extraordinary is happening in Caroline’s life today . . . her family is adopting a new baby sister! A warm and loving story about school, family, siblings, and adoption, for anyone eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new sibling. Today is a very unusual day! Caroline wakes up late, forgets her socks, and feels strange all the way to school. She tries to help her teacher, but everything is mixed up today and all Caroline manages to do is make a great big mess. Finally, the school day ends and Caroline rushes outside to greet her parents, who are having a rather extraordinary day themselves. In their arms they hold Caroline’s new baby sister, who has just arrived from far away. Sydra Mallery’s debut picture book is a loving celebration of family, adoption, and sisters. Exquisitely realized by the acclaimed illustrator E. B. Goodale, this charming adoption story is perfect for anyone welcoming a new brother or sister into the family. From School Library Journal 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 Review “A heartwarming adoption story from a new big sister’s perspective. ...this acknowledgement that adoptive families come in as many variations as the general population is most welcome. An unusually good adoption book.” ( Kirkus Reviews (starred review)) “Mallery and Goodale skillfully embed clues to the big event throughout the text and illustrations...At book’s end, when we find out why the day is unusual—it’s the day Caroline meets her new baby sister—it’s clear that she and her family wouldn’t have it any other way.” (The Horn Book) “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. ...A lovely, charming addition to the growing canon of adoption stories.” ( Booklist) “This book could be read with any child expecting a new siblings...Caroline and her world are lovingly rendered by Goodale in ink and watercolors. ...This adoption story fills an important need in most picture book collections while also representing the general experience of becoming an older sibling.” (School Library Journal (starred review)) “Everything is off-kilter for Caroline . . . Mallery makes expert use of rhythm and repetition . . . while Goodale’s standout ink-and-watercolor digital collages reflect . . . the sweeping enormity of her

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Product Code: 9780062364302
ISBN: 0062364308
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: 2018-04-10
Number of Pages: 40 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Illustrated
Dimension: 9.37 x 0.31 x 10.75 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.88 pounds