Market Day...is the best day of the month, if you ask Tess. There are pigs, chickens, and sheep to see, gob stoppers and cherry lips to eat, a lace-stealing goat to watch, and more. Baba-Ali is swallowing the swords, Nuts, the organ grinder's monkey, is up to mischief, and Madame Savanna will predict the future--for only half a penny! Market Day is wonderful, but is it long enough?
Inspired by memories of her childhood, Eve Bunting's text conveys all the charm of a very big day in a small Irish village. Holly Berry's joyous illustrations are the perfect complement.Thursday is market day in Tess' small village, and the excitement begins when Father gives her a Market day penny to spend. Together with her best friend Wee Boy, Tess explores the wondrous rollicking grounds. There are pigs, chickens, and sheep to see, gob stoppers and cherry lips to eat, an amazing sword-swallower to watch, and much more.
Eve Bunting and Holly Berry have created a boisterous, exuberant tribute to an Irish marketplace: a blaze of colors and sights that will awaken all five senses.
‘A Celtic charmer.’
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Eve Bunting is the winner of the Golden Kite Award and the three-time recipient of the Best Work of Fiction Award of the Southern CaliforniaCouncil on Literature for Children and Young People. She has written more than one hundred books for young readers, including is Anybody There ?;
Our Sixth-Grade Sugar Babies, a Best Book of 1990 (School Library Journal); Sharing Susan; and Coffin on a Case, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, given by the Mystery Writers of America.
Ms. Bunting was born in Ireland and now lives in southern California.From Publishers Weekly:
It's almost impossible to read this winsome tale without lapsing into an Irish brogue. Seven-year-old Tess meets her friend, Wee Boy, at the market held monthly in their Irish village. A lively affair, with a cornucopia of colorful goods for sale, market day also serves as a setting for unusual performances by extravagant characters, such as Baba-Ali, the sword swallower, and Jehosophat, who walks on hot coals,. Of course, the streets are filled with plenty of noisy livestock, too. Bunting (Smoky Night; Train to Somewhere, reviewed below) succeeds in finding just the right sensory ingredients to captivate a child. On bite-size honeycombs: "The honey tastes of the flowers the bees drank from, and the wax is as thick in your mouth as chewing gum." Tess's friendship with Wee Boy, whose growth has been stunted, adds a tender underpinning to the story; Tess spends her last ha'penny on a reassuring fortune-teller, who predicts that Wee Boy will be "big and brave as [he'll] ever need to be." Berry (The Gift of Christmas) illustrates with stylized simplicity, tempering her brio with attention to patterns. Bright natural colors convey the gaiety of the market against a backdrop of fieldstone houses and cobbled streets. A Celtic charmer. Ages 4-8.
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Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110064435172
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