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Tales of Trotter Street

by Shirley Hughes

Published by U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 1997
60 pages
ISBN: 0-7636-0090-3

Ages 4 - 8

The Trotter Street tales are Hughes's exemplary picture stories about children old enough to interact independently with their peers and also with people of all ages. A new version groups this quartet of picture story books in which Hughes developed a context for some of the first decisions children at that stage make themselves. Contemporary intergenerational, mixed racial neighborhood, and school communities provide the fictional and visual contexts. In Angel Mae (1989) a little girl finds a way to star in the class Christmas play in a freshly conceived story paralleled with her family's new baby. The Big Concrete Lorry (1990) involves a neighborhood response to one family's dilemma after adding a room to their home. The Snow Lady (1990) addresses the issue of a mean-spirited childhood trick at the expense of an older neighbor. In Wheels (1991) a boy who didn't get a new bike for his birthday can still participate in a noncompetitive neighborhood race for all manner of wheels. The characters featured in one story appear in the neighborhood of the other three stories. A glossary of a dozen British words is included for Americans. Children familiar with the original separate books will miss some of the illustrations and notice more words on each page. All were first published in the USA by Lothrop Lee and Shepard. CCBC categories: New Editions of Classic Literature; Easy Fiction.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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