Shortcut by David Macaulay

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Albert and his trusty mare June set off early on market day to sell their melons in town and return home before dark. Is this another insignificant day in the life of a farmer? Perhaps-but look again. This is a trip kids will want to take again and again.
 

About David Macaulay

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David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given "to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations." Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.
 
Published September 27, 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. 64 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Mostly a variation on the theme of the author's Black and White (1990) and Why the Chicken Crossed the Road (1987), and with them, comprising a trilogy of sorts, this one allows readers to trace each storyline from some starting point to some sense of closure, and shows more clearly how seemingly...

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Albert and his horse, June, travel to the weekly market to sell melons-their trip seems unremarkable enough, yet their simple acts, such as tossing a coin over a bridge for luck or untying a rope that blocks the road, set Macaulay's tiny clockwork universe into motion.

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Nine brief chapters energetically telegraph seemingly disparate adventures.

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