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Taking charge

by Levitin, Sonia, 1934-

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Easys E j LEV
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Easys
Call Number  E j LEV
When her mother has to leave home suddenly, Amanda learns how demanding it is to run a household and care for a baby.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5^-8. In this sequel to Nine for California (1996) and Boom Town (1998), the California pioneer family's Mama is called back to Missouri to look after her own mother, who's laid up after an accident. Young Amanda takes charge of housekeeping and looking after Baby Nathan, who has a knack for wandering into trouble. After a series of amusing incidents, Amanda learns to ask for a bit of help. Still, Nathan wanders off one night and watches a fire in a nearby stable. Amanda finds him there, sees the flames, and rings the schoolhouse bell, bringing her neighbors to put out the fire and save the town. Children will enjoy Amanda's dilemmas and Nathan's escapades, but the quick succession of dramatic incidents demands a powerful suspension of disbelief. Perhaps the time frame of the story is just too long for compression into the limited space of a picture book. Still, the tale is lively and the watercolor illustrations are brimming with action and color. Children who enjoyed the first two books, and teachers looking for picture books depicting nineteenth-century California, might want to give this a try. --Carolyn Phelan"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Amanda, the plucky pioneer heroine of Levitin and Smith's Nine for California and Boom Town, learns that doing Mama's jobÄminding the house, chores and childrenÄis more than a handful in this energetic picture book. When Mama is called away to visit her ailing mother, Amanda volunteers to take charge. Amanda is determined to handle everything on her own and repeatedly declines offers of help. But who would have predicted that just taking care of her brother Baby Nathan was a full-time job in itself? The snappy text packs enough realistic sentiment to strike a chord with any young reader who has been eager to demonstrate his or her independence, and Baby Nathan's scrapes (from swaddling a pig with a just-made quilt to locking himself in a bank vault) put an amusing spin on Amanda's labors. Levitin fills the story with history, exploring the elements of life in the 1800s: scrubbing laundry on a washboard, churning butter, sewing with the neighbors. In her loose-lined, action-packed watercolors, Smith's lanky-limbed characters skillfully embody the humor in the text. Her cozy details (furniture, dress, telegraph office, stage coach) provide an entertaining glimpse of the Old West. Ages 5-9. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Babies -- Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Orchard Books,1999
Contributors Smith, Cat Bowman.
Language English
Notes Sequel to: Boom town.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 26 cm
ISBN 0531301494 (trade : alk. paper)
0531331490 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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