“A wonderfully fresh look at a timeless topic,” raves Booklist in a starred review. From the first orange glow on the water in the pond, to the last humans and animals running home from an evening rain shower, here is a day-in-the-life of a city park, and the playground within it. A rhythmic text and sweet, accessible images will immerse parents, toddlers, and young children in the summer season and the community within a park. Seasoned picture book readers may notice Emily Jenkins's classic inspirations for this book: Alvin Tresselt's Caldecott Medal-winning White Snow, Bright Snow, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, and Charlotte Zolotow's The Park Book, illustrated by H. A. Rey.
About the Author
Emily Jenkins is the author of two previous books about Hank and Inkling. She also wrote the chapter books Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party, and Toys Come Home, plus a lot of picture books, including Lemonade in Winter, That New Animal, and Skunkdog. She bakes excellent pumpkin bread and, when swimming, wears a purple swim cap and blue goggles.
Stephanie Graegin spent her childhood drawing and collecting fauna in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Houston, Texas. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Printmaking from the Pratt Institute. Stephanie now lives in Brooklyn, is still drawing, and has managed to keep her collection down to one orange cat.
Starred Review, The Bulletin, July 2013:
"In addition to being a mesmerizing tale in its own right, the book offers a wide range of possible uses—it’s rich with opportunities for one-on-one seek and find, whether of water or of people, and its immediacy and vividness make it a sneaky alternative for days when weather kills off an actual park visit."
The New York Times Book Review, June 2, 2013:
“Jenkins taps out the day’s rhythm in clear, unadorned prose… [with] characters as diverse as their real-life counterparts in Prospect Park.”
Starred Review, Booklist, March 15, 2013:
“A wonderfully fresh look at a timeless topic.”