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The author of the book: Darcy Pattison
Edition: Houghton Mifflin
Date of issue: May 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9780547541020
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.32 MB
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Part geography lesson, part cross-country travelogue, this tale begins when young Tameka writes to her Uncle Ray in Rock Hill, S.C., and invites him to visit her in Redcrest, Calif. The innovative carpenter-unable to make the trip-builds and sends in his place an enigmatic emissary. Oliver K. Woodman, a wooden figure akin to a large marionette without strings, sports a bright orange felt hat and a backpack that carries a note asking travelers to "give me a ride" and "drop a note to my friend, Raymond Johnson." Oliver makes the coast-to-coast trek "hitching rides" from truckers and three elderly sisters, joining Miss Utah in a parade and even scaring away bears in the Redwood forest. The entire tale unfolds through correspondence written in various typefaces, and occasional wordless spreads, painted in Cepeda's (What a Truly Cool World) unmistakable palette, which demonstrate the breathtaking beauty of America's varied vistas. In one, the artist depicts an insignificant-looking Oliver standing alongside a New Mexico highway with mesas and a pink sky filled with thunder clouds that seem to drift off the pages. Pattison (The River Dragon) nicely varies the voices and pacing throughout (e.g., "So when Quinn's cousin's boyfriend's aunt was leaving to visit her sick grandfather in Fort Smith, Ark., the guys loaded Mr. OK into the aunt's station wagon," an Arkansan writes), and the story's emphasis on geography (the final endpapers trace Oliver's trip) injects added interest into this warm tale that ends in a family reunion after all.
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Read information about the authorDARCY PATTISON (ABAYOMI THE BRAZILIAN PUMA, The Girl the Gypsy and the Gargoyle,
SAUCY AND BUBBA: A Hansel and Gretel Tale, and VAGABONDS.
Her recent titles WISDOM The Midway Albatross (PRAIRIE STORMS and DESERT BATHS (August, 2012), and 11 WAYS TO RUIN A PHOTOGRAPH (11ways.darcypattison.com). She also authored the ebook, HOW TO WRITE A CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK and START YOUR NOVEL. She has authored three teacher resource books: WHAT IS COMMON CORE?, PREWRITING FOR THE COMMON CORE, and COMMON CORE ELA ACTIVITIES.
Darcy is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award, Individual Artist Award for her work in children’s literature.
START YOUR NOVEL: Six Winning Steps Toward a Compelling Opening Line, Scene and Chapter (Mims House) is her newest how-to write book. As a writing teacher, Darcy is in demand nationwide to teach her Novel Revision Retreat. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Children’s Program for the Arkansas Literary Festival.
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