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What Happens on Wednesdays

by Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Published by Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
32 pages
ISBN: 0-374-38303-0

Ages 3-6

Emily Jenkins’s lively stream-of-conscious narrative is grounded in the experiences and perspective of a small girl describing her Wednesday routine. It’s a day for bagels at the deli and a trip to the park with Daddy, for school with friends, and for reading, napping, swimming, and a trip to the library with Mommy. The little girl offers a cascade of details from the moment she awakes until bedtime. “Then we go down the steps, up the block where we once saw an umbrella caught in a tree, past the bakery where we got that chocolate croissant . . . past my friend Errolyn’s building, past Maria and the shop where she lives, to home.” Jenkins offers a spot-on portrayal of a preschool-age child reveling in her “bigness” and secure in her world. “Today is not a kissing day,” the girl reminds Mommy, and Daddy, too, when he forgets. Kisses aside, there is plenty of love and warmth apparent in and between the lines, and in first-time illustrator Lauren Castillo’s expressive illustrations. Highly Commended, 2008 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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