Taking Charge

Sonia Levitin, Author, Dave Campbell, Illustrator, Sr. Johnson, Illustrator Scholastic $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-531-30149-4
Amanda, the plucky pioneer heroine of Levitin and Smith's Nine for California and Boom Town, learns that doing Mama's job--minding the house, chores and children--is more than a handful in this energetic picture book. When Mama is called away to visit her ailing mother, Amanda volunteers to take charge. Amanda is determined to handle everything on her own and repeatedly declines offers of help. But who would have predicted that just taking care of her brother Baby Nathan was a full-time job in itself? The snappy text packs enough realistic sentiment to strike a chord with any young reader who has been eager to demonstrate his or her independence, and Baby Nathan's scrapes (from swaddling a pig with a just-made quilt to locking himself in a bank vault) put an amusing spin on Amanda's labors. Levitin fills the story with history, exploring the elements of life in the 1800s: scrubbing laundry on a washboard, churning butter, sewing with the neighbors. In her loose-lined, action-packed watercolors, Smith's lanky-limbed characters skillfully embody the humor in the text. Her cozy details (furniture, dress, telegraph office, stage coach) provide an entertaining glimpse of the Old West. Ages 5-9. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1999
Release date: 03/01/1999
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.