The Bell in the Bridge

Ted Kooser (Author) Barry Root (Illustrator)
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Product Details

Price
$16.99
Publisher
Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
May 10, 2016
Pages
32
Dimensions
7.6 X 10.3 X 0.5 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780763664817

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About the Author

Ted Kooser was the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006 and won a Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems Delights & Shadows. His picture books include Bag in the Wind, also illustrated by Barry Root, and House Held Up by Trees, a New York Times Book Review 10 Best Illustrated Children's Book, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Ted Kooser lives in Garland, Nebraska.

Barry Root has illustrated many books for children, including The Birthday Tree by Paul Fleischman, Passing the Music Down by Sarah Sullivan, and Bag in the Wind by Ted Kooser. He is also the illustrator of The Araboolies of Liberty Street by Sam Swope, which has been adapted for and performed on the stage. Barry Root lives in Pennsylvania.

Reviews

This warm, golden-tinged story from the duo behind Bag in the Wind (2010) moves slowly through a summer vacation as Charlie, staying with his grandparents for two weeks, passes the time by exploring outside...Kooser doesn't supply any miracles; instead, he holds out the possibility of a mysterious friendship in a place Charlie hadn't thought to find it. Root's watercolor and gouache landscapes reveal beauty in the woods and water that surround Charlie's grandparents' house, and he and Kooser succeed in making them grow as dear to readers as they do to Charlie.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Root has created a rural landscape in watercolor-and-gouache paintings in a palette of avocado and ochre that captures a feeling of heat and stillness...A bucolic story with more adult than child appeal.
--Kirkus Reviews

Written with well-chosen words by America's thirteenth poet laureate, the narrative unfolds at a comfortably easygoing pace that lets listeners feel both Charlie's loneliness and his pleasure in discovering a mystery, if not its solution. Root's sunlit watercolor-and-gouache paintings capture the warmth of those summer days and the beauty of the setting. A quiet pleasure.
--Booklist

Barry Root's luminous paintings create the summertime setting for a boy's solitary rambles in "The Bell in the Bridge," a wistful picture book for 6- to 10-year-olds by former poet laureate Ted Kooser.
--The Wall Street Journal

The apt text and poignant illustrations fully capture the hope and mystery of a summer adventure.
--School Library Connection