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Roadsigns
"Open this engaging debut for the illustrator and there'll be ‘No Stopping.'" –Kirkus Reviews

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Roadsigns
Written by Margery Cuyler
Illustrated by Steve Haskamp


The Horn Book Guide, 4/1/2001
“This adaptation of Aesop's familiar fable has very little conventional text; instead, readers peruse dozens of signs along the route of Tortoise's race with Hare. . . . Readers will enjoy tracing the competitors' progress across the colorful pages.”


School Library Journal, September, 2000, 9/1/2000
The tortoise and the hare “run through a paved rural and suburban landscape filled with detours, closed roads, falling rocks, and other impediments. Naturally, Hare ignores the signs and falls into difficulties while Tortoise plugs on to victory following all the warnings. In addition to the road signs, animal spectators wave paw-held placards with jeers, encouragements, and pun-filled slogans such as ‘Hare Comes Hare' and ‘Bad Hare Day.'. . . The signs are fun to read, and the bright acrylic-on-canvas illustrations are playful and appealing. Children can follow the whole route of the race on the endpapers. . . . ROADSIGNS will provide reading practice, sign recognition, and good fun for both one-on-one sharing and independent reading.”


Kirkus Reviews, 7/1/2000
"Proud Hare gets his comeuppance again, this time leading (at least until the end) slow-but-steady Tortoise along a winding, mostly paved road liberally endowed with large, standard cautionary and directional signs. In a near absence of narrative text, it's the signs, as much as Haskamp's spread-filling, neatly brushed acrylics, that tell the tale; while Tortoise toils along past cheerleaders brandishing even more signs (‘Go Tortoise,' ‘Bad Hare Day') and multiple road hazards, Hare takes wrong turns, can't tell the ladies' room from the men's at a ‘Rest Area,' is diverted by a passing ‘Circus Train,' and puffs up to the ‘Finish Line' just too late. Younger readers will find both visual jokes and plenty of reading practice in the pictures—and as a double lagniappe, not only is the race's entire course laid out on the endpapers, but many of the signs are reprised (with discreet explanations for the more obscure) on the final page. Open this engaging debut for the illustrator and there'll be ‘No Stopping.'"



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