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Written by Josephine Nobisso
Illustrated by Joan Holub

$15.95 ($24.95 CAN)
ISBN #1-890817-00-7
Ages 4-8
Pre-K-Grade 3
9 3/8" x 9 1/2"
40 pages
Picture-book fiction

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews, 10/1/1998
"The recovery of the lost key to the playground gates leads to a spontaneous, exuberant outpouring of fun. Unlocking the playground, Maria and her friends immerse themselves in pure revelry, replete with swinging, double-dutch jumping, hula-hooping, and roller-skating. Adults as well are drawn to the festivities and soon a mother is spied skateboarding with abandon. The infectious rhythm of Nobisso's rhymes move the tale through the fundamental questions at the heart of storytelling—the who, what, why, when, where, and how of a story: 'Why'd she flaunt the key from the cookie jar? To be fresh? To be shockin'? To be ha-ha-ha?'

"Holub's vibrant, color-laden illustrations complement the rousing tale. Each gaily-colored spread features a happy array of children laughing and interacting, united in play. The book successfully conveys the undiluted rapture of an afternoon well spent at the playground." 

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