Laundry Day by Maurie J. Manning

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Synopsis

In a picture book that blends realism and fantasy, a shoeshine boy is surprised when a
piece of red silk falls from the sky. Trying to find its owner, he ventures up and down
fire escapes, back and forth across clotheslines, and into the company of the colorfully
diverse people who live in the tenement. Lively pages laid out in multiple panels, with
a few words of text in dialogue balloons, capture the exhilarating action, and foreignlanguage
phrases are translated on the endpapers. There is a cheerful side to a neighborhood
packed with people of different origins—the opportunity to make friends
across race lines, culture lines, and clotheslines!
 

About Maurie J. Manning

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Maurie J. Manning is the author/illustrator of Kitchen Dance and has illustrated numerous other children's books, some of which she also wrote. She and her children live in Berkeley, California.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Clarion Books. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The dialogue is simple and has the flavor and syntax of each speaker’s homeland with a word from their language nicely incorporated.

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Publishers Weekly

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In a vivid, warmhearted picture book that unfolds in graphic novel–style panels, a shoeshine boy living in a 1900s immigrant neighborhood (think New York City’s Lower East Side) unexpectedly finds a bright red scarf.

Feb 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Laundry Day

City Book Review

New York’s streets are filled with people, but no one notices a lonely shoeshine boy peddling his services.

May 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Laundry Day

Portland Book Review

A young boy is having little luck with his shoe-shine business, when he is distracted by a lovely piece of red cloth falling from the sky.

Jan 26 2013 | Read Full Review of Laundry Day

Portland Book Review

A young boy is having little luck with his shoe-shine business, when he is distracted by a lovely piece of red cloth falling from the sky.

Jan 26 2013 | Read Full Review of Laundry Day

Bookalicious

Trying to find its owner, he ventures up and down fire escapes, back and forth across clotheslines, and into the company of the colorfully diverse people who live in the tenement.

Jul 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Laundry Day

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