Sunday, July 13, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 85

Terrific Trio: Book 3


Picture Book: The Busiest Street in Town         

Author: Mara Rockliff

Illustrator: Sarah McMenemy

Summary: Rushmore Boulevard, where Agatha May Walker lives, is the busiest street in town. When she attempts to visit Eulalie Scruggs, who lives on the other side of Rushmore, the traffic won’t allow her to cross.  Determined to reclaim her street, Agatha parks a chair in the middle of the street. To appease the drivers, she brings her homemade ginger snaps, initially intended for Eulalie. Soon her friend joins her with a card table and a Parcheesi set. Their version of passive resistance works, and soon passersby are stopping for a chat and a cookie. Meanwhile, other neighbors join in, sharing their gifts. Eventually, Rushmore is so transformed that it is given a new name: Walker Road.

Hanna’s Comments: This is the 3rd book in the PBT Terrific Trio featuring books in which communities become more engaged due to unforeseen circumstances. This is the most ridiculous of the 3 though it is quite charming and funny. You get the sense that these two women want the whole world to stop by for a chat and a ginger snap. If only we could!

Publisher & Date of Publication: Knopf, 2009

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 40

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Tablet

PBT Category: Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: action, adaptation/assimilation, aging, belonging, bonds/connections, bravery/courage, challenges, change, choices/decisions, commitment, communication, community, companionship, difficulties, disabilities/handicaps/limitations,  home, image of God, intercession, joy, leadership/servant leadership, mission, neighbors, neighborhood, non-violence/peaceful resistance, obstacles, participation, power, presence, problems/problem solving, purpose, rebellion, renewal/restoration, risking, Sabbath, sacrifice, safety, satisfaction, surprise, tolerance, transformation, treasure, unity

Scripture Connections: scriptures about the Sabbath 

Idea(s) for Application: All 3 of these Terrific Triplet books could be used in a lesson on Sabbath.