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The Whole Green World
Tony Johnston
0374384002
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–A spirited young girl, accompanied by her shaggy dog, describes how she plants some seeds, cares for them, and then enjoys the flowers and trees that make the "whole round world" beautiful. Each verse details a particular action and ends with a refrain that evokes the title: "I've got a little water can./(Skinny, tinny water can.)/Got a little water can/to wet the whole round world." The narrator stays very busy tending to her plants, spreading happiness along the way, and enjoying a final dance through green environs. Johnston's repetitive language is playful and reads aloud smoothly. Done in a variety of mediums, the full-page folk-art paintings are filled to the brim with people, animals, bugs, and blooms. Even the pages with text have illustrations in a circle around the words....


Quilt Story
Tony Johnston
0698113683
June 1996
Paperback
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Sticky People
Tony Johnston
0060287594
June 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description

Do you . . . eat with sticky fingers and slurp tea-party tea? Can you . . . make a goopy mud cake and sticky cards with glue? Then this book is for you!

About the Author

Tony Johnston has written over one hundred beloved books for young people, including the picture books Cat, What Is That?, illustrated by Wendell Minor; The Whole Green World, illustrated by Elisa Kleven; and Chicken in the Kitchen, illustrated by Eleanor Taylor; and the middle-grade novel The Spoon in the Bathroom Wall. Tony Johnston lives with her family in California.



Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea
Tony Johnston
069811356X
April 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This vivacious picture book gives an engaging Western slant to the familiar tale of "The Princess and the Pea." When Farethee Well, "a young woman of bodacious beauty," inherits her father's considerable estate, a parade of men seek the comely lass's hand in marriage. But the savvy Texan has a foolproof method for screening her suitors--she places a black-eyed pea beneath each man's saddle blanket, knowing that a true cowboy, sensing such an irritant, will "bruise like the petals of a desert rose." Colorful lingo associated with the Lone Star state peppers Johnston's clever retelling. Ludwig's pencil and watercolor illustrations are serviceable but undistinguished. His human faces exhibit a range of appropriate emotions, but the renderings of horse and cattle seem overly cute, and commercial, and the palette is...


Sticky People
Tony Johnston
0060287608
June 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description

Do you . . . eat with sticky fingers and slurp tea-party tea? Can you . . . make a goopy mud cake and sticky cards with glue? Then this book is for you!

About the Author

Tony Johnston has written over one hundred beloved books for young people, including the picture books Cat, What Is That?, illustrated by Wendell Minor; The Whole Green World, illustrated by Elisa Kleven; and Chicken in the Kitchen, illustrated by Eleanor Taylor; and the middle-grade novel The Spoon in the Bathroom Wall. Tony Johnston lives with her family in California.



Any Small Goodness: A Novel Of The Barrio
Tony Johnston
0439233844
May 2003
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-This novel set in East Los Angeles provides a glimpse of the daily life of an extended Mexican-American family rich in relationships, if not in material possessions. Rather than a linear plot, the vignettes introduce readers to 11-year-old Arturo's family, school life, neighborhood occurrences, and holiday celebrations. Spanish words and phrases are sprinkled throughout as are descriptions of mouth-watering dishes constantly prepared by the boy's Mami and Abuelita. The characters are likable and warm, even if the voice of Arturo seems to be a bit too adult for his years. The message is positive and the episodes, while occasionally serious, are more often humorous and gratifying.Sharon McNeil, Los Angeles County Office of EducationCopyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers...


10 Fat Turkeys
Tony Johnston
0439459486
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
"Looky!" says a silly turkey swinging from a vine. Gobble gobble wibble wobble.Whoops! Now there are nine.Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten goofy turkeys and their silly antics: swinging from a vine, strutting on a boar, doing a noodle dance, and more. Veteran author Tony Johnston has written a joyful text, which first-time illustrator Richard Deas brings to life as wild and wacky fun!


Very Scary
Tony Johnston
0152020977
July 1999
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2?A delightful holiday story in which the text and pictures go hand in hand to create a perfect Halloween treat. An "orange pumpkin moon" shines down on a field chock-full of pumpkins, and the biggest one actually absorbs the moonlight. That beautiful, brightly shining pumpkin impresses an owl, a black cat, crickets, and a wicked-looking witch. But when the costumed children come, they carve a perfect jack-o'-lantern that frightens everyone as it shouts, "'Boo!'" Johnston's poetic text begs to be read aloud and Florian's brilliant, primitive watercolors in oranges, blues, and browns are filled with subtle tricks. There are faintly painted faces on all of the pumpkins, scary shapes in the shadows, and a hint of each new character on the page before it fully appears. This is the kind of book...


Noel
Tony Johnston
1575057522
September 2005
Hardcover
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Day of the Dead
Tony Johnston
0152024468
Sept 2000
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3. This graphically arresting treatment of the Mexican celebration introduces its traditions in story form. As two children notice all the food being cooked, the flowers being gathered, and the special packages bought at the bakery, they long to taste, smell, and investigate. The repeated refrains, "Wait" and "Esperense," add to readers' and listeners' curiosity. The acrylic illustrations are bold and stylized, with wide black borders decorated with varying designs. Although the book's small size makes it difficult to share with a large group, it will work one-on-one and with small groups. It also provides a wonderful bridge to Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith's Day of the Dead (Holiday, 1995), which looks at the holiday in a Mexican-American context, or George Ancona's wonderful Pablo Remembers...


The Harmonica
Tony Johnston
1570915474
February 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-Inspired by the story of a Holocaust survivor, this exquisite picture book is poignant and powerful. Simple sentences charged with delicate word choices briefly recount the first-person narration of a poor but happy boy and his parents in Poland who were captured, split up, and taken to concentration camps. The youngster manages to take with him the harmonica his father gave him, on which he plays Schubert. The commandant of the camp learns of his talents and orders him to, "Play, Jew!" The boy complies-and finds out that the whole camp hears him and takes heart from the music. The mixed-media illustrations change from a warm to cold palette to underscore the move from home to camp. While the story is set in World War II, the theme is broader, and makes a case for the power of music/art to support...


The Worm Family
Tony Johnston
0152050116
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3 - A unique take on prejudice. The seven-member, peripatetic Worm family is very enthusiastic about its worminess. "Oh, joy! We're Worms!" is their self-affirming mantra, the first two words spelled out with their twisty bodies in Innerst's clever oil paintings. However, wherever they reside, the other families of spineless-but-armed neighbors rebel and throw weird things (valises, toothbrushes) to urge the Worms to move on. Johnston's vocabulary is challenging - "flumped," "jubilate," "regaled" - and she portrays the Worm family as not only proud but also loud, making this strange picture book tough to pigeonhole as a comprehensible lesson for youngsters. Still, there's supplemental value to this nonstory for adults to help kids realize that "each individual is different but compatible,"although...


Amber on the Mountain
Tony Johnston
014056408X
May 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
An illiterate child in a mountain community learns to read and write. "Johnston knits this story together with recurring themes, lyrical images and picturesque and convincing dialogue," said PW in a starred review. Ages 4-8. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-A story about learning to read and write that doesn't quite work. Amber lives a solitary life high in the mountains. Then one day a man comes with a crew to build a road, bringing along his wife and daughter, Anna. She teaches Amber to read before the road is completed; Amber learns to write on her own so she can keep in touch after Anna's family leaves. The process of mastering these skills, while shown to be a slow one, seems to be one in which, as Anna says, you...


The Spoon in the Bathroom Wall
Tony Johnston
0152052925
May 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-4–A magical teacher, baby dragons, a vengeful school principal, and a jeweled spoon stuck in a bathroom wall are featured in this fun take on the Arthurian legend. Fourth-grader Martha Snapdragon and her janitor father live in the boiler room of Horace E. Bloggins School, where he is at the beck and call of megalomaniacal Principal Klunk. Martha has her own nemesis: Rufus, the school bully who christens her Marthur and makes her life miserable. One bright spot is Mrs. Ferlin's fascinating science class (the teacher even has a griffin), and it is there that Martha reveals her secret wish–to be a teacher–and begins to receive lessons from Mrs. Ferlin. She also is privy to one of her teacher's secrets: she has a carton of dancing eggs that will eventually hatch baby dragons. One...


Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella
Tony Johnston
0698118715
October 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
What becomes a Bigfoot most? This silly twist on a favorite fairy tale clears up that question (and more) with humor and style. The Bigfoot prince is looking for a wife. But his perfect mate must meet some stringent criteria: she must be odoriferous, have lots of matted fur and be the kind of nature lover that never picks flowers. Finding such a catch isn't easy, so the prince throws a forest-wide fun-fest at which all the female Bigfeet can compete for him. Rrrrrella is a good candidate but her wicked stepsisters (who wear wildflowers in their well-groomed fur) won't let her attend. With help from her Beary Godfather, Rrrrrella wows the prince at the fun-fest and leaves a giant bark-clog in her wake. Johnston's (The Chizzywink and the Alamagoozlum) wacky fantasy stays true to the Cinderella story, and her fresh...


The Spoon in the Bathroom Wall
Tony Johnston
0152056254
Aug 2006
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-4–A magical teacher, baby dragons, a vengeful school principal, and a jeweled spoon stuck in a bathroom wall are featured in this fun take on the Arthurian legend. Fourth-grader Martha Snapdragon and her janitor father live in the boiler room of Horace E. Bloggins School, where he is at the beck and call of megalomaniacal Principal Klunk. Martha has her own nemesis: Rufus, the school bully who christens her Marthur and makes her life miserable. One bright spot is Mrs. Ferlin's fascinating science class (the teacher even has a griffin), and it is there that Martha reveals her secret wish–to be a teacher–and begins to receive lessons from Mrs. Ferlin. She also is privy to one of her teacher's secrets: she has a carton of dancing eggs that will eventually hatch baby dragons. One...


Tale of Rabbit and Coyote
Tony Johnston
0698116305
May 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The folklore of Mexico inspires this impressive collaboration by the talented creators of The Badger and the Magic Fan and Pages of Music . After clever Rabbit sneaks into a field one evening and feasts on the biggest chiles, the farmer sets up a beeswax "farmer" to trap the thief. When this imposter refuses to talk the next night, Rabbit (not so cleverly) punches it repeatedly, until his paws and feet are stuck in the wax. Thrilled with his catch, the real farmer throws the rabbit in a sack and plans to cook him. But the wily lapin convinces Coyote to take his place: "This man wants me to marry his daughter . . . but I'm too young. Why don't you take my place?" It is the first of many ruses the gullible Coyote falls for--with uproarious results--throughout the tale, which ultimately explains why coyotes howl at...


Day of the Dead
Tony Johnston
0152228632
Sept 1997
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3. This graphically arresting treatment of the Mexican celebration introduces its traditions in story form. As two children notice all the food being cooked, the flowers being gathered, and the special packages bought at the bakery, they long to taste, smell, and investigate. The repeated refrains, "Wait" and "Esperense," add to readers' and listeners' curiosity. The acrylic illustrations are bold and stylized, with wide black borders decorated with varying designs. Although the book's small size makes it difficult to share with a large group, it will work one-on-one and with small groups. It also provides a wonderful bridge to Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith's Day of the Dead (Holiday, 1995), which looks at the holiday in a Mexican-American context, or George Ancona's wonderful Pablo Remembers...


My Mexico - Mexico Mio
Tony Johnston
0698117573
February 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Sway to the sounds, reach for the colors, dance to the rhythms, and you will find your own Mexico in these poems in both English and Spanish. "Johnston regales the senses with idyllic scenes of streets lined with a rainbow of adobe houses, with the scent of roses growing in coffee cans and lilies in chile jars, and with the sounds of fields of corn shaking quietly in the warm wind. The overall impression is one of sunbaked cheerfulness, warmth, and color ably reinforced by Sierra's pastel-tinted artwork." -- The Horn Book

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