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Just How Long Can a Long String Be?! Just How Long Can a Long String Be?!

Written & Illustrated by Keith Baker

A new classic from Keith Baker on problem-solving for the very young.

Has something ever gotten in your way that seems way too big to handle?

What if you could break down that problem into pieces . . . until it wasn't a problem at all?

Meet Ant. Meet his friend Bird. And help them turn a big ball of string into kite tails, jump ropes, top spinners, and just about anything else that you can imagine.


“Baker’s patterned rhyme beautifully balances the continual image of a white cord that loops along his elegant full page chalk/crayon–style drawings on pastel-hued, spring-like backgrounds. . . . Budding and new readers will easily fill in the rhyme as they match illustrations to context. Another winner for the pattern-book list.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“The tangled ball of string that unravels and wends its way from page to page provides an artful use of line. Pastel pages with a sense of movement and lots of texture make this book a visual delight. . . . [T]he multifold answer that links problem and solution will encourage children to think about the notion of relativity and the myriad uses that something like a string can have.” -- Booklist

"A palette of pastels captures the beauty of spring with sweet pea vines climbing toward the sun, a kite flying in a powder blue sky, and Bird weaving string into her nest. . . . Pair this lovely book with Ezra Jack Keats’s Jennie’s Hat for a fine spring storytime." -- School Library Journal

“The kid-friendly quotient of the brief rhyming text and spot-on childlike uses for the string is matched by the art, soft pastels of a benign, sunny world. There is much here for young picture book viewers, whether it’s tracing Little Ant’s ball of string as it unwinds through each double-page spread or locating Little Ant in each cheerful scene.” -- Horn Book


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Summer 2009
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-545-08661-2
Price: $16.99 / $18.99
Trim Size: 10" x 8"
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes

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