Cool Off and Ride!: A Trolley Trip to Beat the Heat

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$18.99  $17.66
Calkins Creek Books
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11.2 X 10.2 X 0.5 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Claudia Friddell is the author of several children's books, including To the Front!: Clara Barton Braves the Battle of Antietam, Grace Banker and Her Hello Girls Answer the Call: The Heroic Story of WWI Telephone Operators, and Saving Lady Liberty: Joseph Pulitzer's Fight for the Statue of Liberty. She has worked with children throughout her career, which included being a therapist, a school counselor, and a teacher.

Jenn Harney is the illustrator for CATastrophe!: A Story of Patterns, "Smelly" Kelly and His Super Senses: How James Kelly's Nose Saved the New York City Subway, and Probably a Narwhal. She has worked as both an author and illustrator of children's literature for over twenty years.
"Friddell's songlike text captures the city's various characters on this summer day...All are invited to "cool off and ride" in a repeated refrain. Retro illustrations capture an atmosphere of hot weather in an old-school neighborhood and show a multiracial cast of characters finding a variety of ways to cope with the weather. While the premise here will undoubtedly have local appeal, any child who has experienced summer heat will understand the need to escape it and enjoy this rhythmic, lyrical tale...A gently humorous depiction of a city's effort to beat the heat." --Kirkus Reviews

"Harney's digital art captures the wilting warmth as curls of heat and steam waft through the pink, yellow, and red illustrations, evoking a sweltering heat and air that feels so thick you could practically see it. The bouncing, rhythmic text visits a variety of the city's overheated folks, giving readers a playful look at the setting...An entertaining selection for families and kiddos seeking refuge from summer in the chilled library air." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books