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Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea

by Vera B Williams and Jennifer Williams

Published by Greenwillow, 1988
48 pages
ISBN: 0-688-07162-7

Ages 5-10

"Stringbean" Cesar Joseph Coe and his older brother Fred camp one summer as they drive to and from the Pacific, writing a postcard a day to their family in Jeloway, Kansas. As Stringbean himself gradually gains pride in his family heritage, readers may notice that the brothers have a Hispanic background. The postcard greetings and the cards themselves bearing innovative postage become the book's pages, representing a variety of natural wonders, tourist stops and historic places. Superior characterization and plotting earmark the writing. A virtual showcase of art styles and humor distinguish the varied visual elements of a book which can be either randomly looked at and enjoyed or read from beginning to end and enjoyed. Subsequent reading and browsing reveals additional depths. Winner, 1988 CCBC Caldecott Discussion.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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