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When Will Sarah Come?

by Elizabeth Fitzgerald  Howard
Illustrated by Nina Crews

Published by Greenwillow, 1999
24 pages
ISBN: 0-688-16180-4

Ages 2 - 5

Crisp color photographs show a preschool-age African-American boy waiting for someone named Sarah to arrive. Jonathan can be momentarily distracted by tree trimmers outside, the arrival of the morning mail, and a passing garbage truck, but Sarah is never far from his mind. Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard's perfectly paced first-person text expresses Jonathan's anticipation through childlike questions and repetition. Onomatopoeia adds to the ambiance of the story, as well as to the pleasure of young listeners. The satisfying wordless conclusion shows Sarah to be Jonathan's big sister coming home on a school bus from her kindergarten class, ready for an afternoon of fun with her little brother. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Younger Children. (KTH; Feb 28) 1999 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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