Goin' to Boston by H. Ellen Margolin

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Inspired by a folksong, the trip from country to city in vintage 1920 vehicles has never been more ebullient, as reflected in Emily Bolam's delightful watercolors. Led by a little girl on a bicycle, people travel to Boston in carts and carriages, on buses, on horseback, in wagons and cars. They are headed for the beautiful Boston Common where people gather to sing and dance, buy and sell, exercise and relax- in short, to enjoy themselves as people have enjoyed open spaces for centuries. Sheet music and a historical description of commons make up the endnotes.

About H. Ellen Margolin

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Bolam was born and raised in the English countryside. She studied Illustrations at Brighton College of Art and is the illustrator of many popular books for children, including Murphy Meets the Treadmill, Louie's Goose, Clara Ann Cookie, and I Swapped My Dog, also a big fan of swapping, hopes to make at least one good swap this year. She makes her home in England.
Published May 1, 2002 by Blue Apple Books. 40 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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While there is some merit to having simple songs available in picture books for group sing-alongs and the repetition will encourage joining in, an unfortunate coupling of rather plain illustrations with a very, very long song may limit the audience.

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A farmer atop his tractor carting a prize-winning pig, a band of musicians and a shepherd with his eager flock number among the visitors to the Boston Common, depicted in Bolam's (Sleepy, Sleepy!) briskly blithe paintings.

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