By Anastasia Suen. Illustrated by Wade Zahares.
It's the start of a new day, and there are many deliveries to be made. The paperboy tosses newspapers onto front porches. Trucks carry boxes to stores. Planes deliver people to faraway places. Young children will delight in the simple, rhyming text and bold graphics as they learn how things get from one place to another.
Age Range: 3 - 8 years
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Puffin (November 12, 2001)
Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.3 x 0.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
Average Customer Review:
5.0 out of 5 stars
PreSchool-Grade 2-A brief look at commerce and transportation. Two lines of rhyming text per page explain how trucks, planes, and trains carry and distribute flowers, fuel, food, etc. Pipelines deliver oil, and freighters transport consumer goods. Suen uses a literary frame of 24 hours in the life of a community, from its early morning newspaper shipment to its home delivery again the next day. This book has a nice, understated tone. The text doesn't overwhelm Zahares's stylized artwork. Bold and angular, the illustrations have an almost impressionistic feel. Books such as Claire Llewellyn's Trucks (Watts, 1995), Darlene Stille's Trucks (Children's, 1997), and Gail Gibbons's Flying (Holiday, 1986; o.p.), have a narrower focus, but Suen's title succeeds at delivering the big picture.
Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Using a simple rhyming text and bold graphics, this book, by the author and illustrator who produced Window Music (1998), offers youngsters an introduction to the many kinds of deliveries that take place within a day. Beginning with the morning newspaper (transported by truck and bicycle), the book depicts deliveries of boxes, cans, and plants to groceries, department stores, and floral shops, and shows a myriad of delivery vehicles, including taxis, airplanes, trains, boats, and even pipelines. The pipes connect to tanks, which, in turn, carry the gasoline used to fuel the trucks that deliver the morning news. The text is succinct enough for even fidgety toddlers, but it will probably be the vivid artwork that commands the most attention. Each double-page spread is a visual delight, complete with its own back story, and Zahares' effective use of simple lines ensures that the pages never appear cluttered. A good choice for preschool story hours or for primary units on communities or transportation. Kay Weisman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Accompanied by illustrations fittingly charged with movement, minimal couplets tell the story of how a day's-worth of goods are conveyed to their various destinations. After the stacking of newspapers, the news vans push off into the pre-dawn, while Suen (Baby Born, 1998, etc.) works other deliveries into the picture as the day progresses: canned goods, boxes, flowers. The text never exceeds 10 words per page, and is gauged to the youngest listener: ``On its way,/a new day,'' and ``Wheels and wings/carry many things.'' Larger distribution networks are developedhighway arteries, flyways, rail lines, and shipping lanesuntil Suen closes the circle with the piping of oil into the city. Zahares elegantly links every pastel-rich illustration to the next, back and forth through space and time and perspectives, until readers are once again at the morning gas pumpthe end of the line for the city's petroleum webwith the newspaper delivery man and the sun just cracking the horizon. Both text and art have a pleasing circularity that corrals the rhythms of the day so that they can be appreciated anew. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Delivery lets pictures, as well as a child's imagination and perceptions, tell each story of people and things moving from place to place. -- The New York Times Book Review, Linda Villarosa --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.