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We take the dogs down the wiggly track, The wiggly track, the wiggly track. One dog's white and the other dog's black On a summery Saturday morning.In Margaret Mahy's lively read-aloud romp, lots of things don't go quite as planned on one summery Saturday morning. But the children, dogs, cat, and even the geese seem to enjoy themselves, as will any adult and child who sharWe take the dogs down the wiggly track, The wiggly track, the wiggly track. One dog's white and the other dog's black On a summery Saturday morning.In Margaret Mahy's lively read-aloud romp, lots of things don't go quite as planned on one summery Saturday morning. But the children, dogs, cat, and even the geese seem to enjoy themselves, as will any adult and child who share this lighthearted picture book, cheerfully illustrated with Selina Young's boisterous illustrations....

Title : A Summery Saturday Morning
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ISBN : 9780670879434
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A Summery Saturday Morning Reviews

  • Caroline Barron
    2019-04-06 11:26

    Having long been a family favorite, it is interesting to review ‘A Summery Saturday Morning’ from a more academic perspective.The book’s success, and Mahy’s most venerable gift is in the rhyme. The rhyming doesn’t compromise a decent narrative (family going for walk with dogs, dogs causing mayhem, dogs have unexpected face-off with geese, happy family walks back the way they came), but enhances it. Alliteration offers enjoyable tongue-twister moments such as ‘seven sleek sisters’ and my favorite: ‘sandals slide like slugliwugs’. What fun to practice these in between mouthfuls at the children’s dinner table.Each verse/double page has four lines, with line two twice repeating the end of line one. The last word of line three rhyme’s with the last word of lines one and two. Line four is always ‘On a summery Saturday morning’. In our house that is said in unison, at full volume, with several exclamation marks. Example / Verse One:We take the dogs down the wiggly track,The wiggly track, the wiggly track. (repeats end of line one, twice)One dog’s white and the other dog’s black (last word also rhymes with last word of lines one and two)On a summery Saturday morning. (line four always the same)The narrative is driven forward by action words such as: chase, grows, blowing, run, play, catch, leaping, scattering, flap, hiss, walk.Interesting descriptive words such as summery, wiggly, rattly (also onomatopoeia), white, black, wild and free, tangled, long, mean and sleek add depth to the narrative and the characters by painting word and sound pictures to match Selina Young’s action-packed illustrations.Young’s illustrations are drawn in pen, then coloured, and in a style which harks back to simpler times. If I had not known Mahy’s biography I would have been surprised the book was published in 1998. Every illustration is an action scene to match the verse, but here is the beauty – every illustration also adds something the words don’t say. To take verse one again as an example, in the background of the family starting to walk down the wiggly track, there is a man mowing his lawns and a mother and child hanging out the washing. It is also lovely to see the illustrator engaging with the characters in her own way, adding a trumpet to one of the boys and a toy elephant to one of the girls. The effect is that the story is bought to life on the page and engages all the senses – I can hear them! They’re so noisy! Traipsing down the path, laughing, talking, dogs barking, trumpet blowing, the neighbor calling out ‘hello!’. The illustrations add another dimension by allowing the child to search out characters who have appeared before (my favourite was the boy on the rattly bike sailing his toy boat four pages later). Encouraging children to find these elements adds to their confidence and overall engagement with the book.It is a picture book to be read to young children, but Mahy and Young regard their young audience highly - they are not afraid to use words that challenge (eg sleek, expecting) and two wonderful, completely made-up words (guggliwugs and slugliwugs) as well as illustrations that depict complex scenes. In this way, the book offers something enjoyable to a variety of ages.The ending offers a possible directive to children – “If you want to walk in peace . . . don’t let your dogs upset the geese . . .”. I say ‘possible’ as the ‘if’ is italicized, implying that you won’t have nearly as much fun if you follow the advice. The scenes painted by words and illustrations are typical of a New Zealand summer holiday, identifiable to every Kiwi child. With summer on our doorstep I will be packing this one in my beach bag; just listen, you’ll hear us shouting all together: “ON A SUMMERY! SATURDAY! MORNING!”

  • Connie
    2019-04-08 15:49

    I love this book. A woman and four kids - two white, two black, it's not sure how everybody is related, but that's fine - go walking to the beach with two dogs.Who chase *everything*. Eventually, they chase the geese, and... well...Let's just say that in real life, geese are vicious creatures that DO NOT BACK DOWN, and they bite, too!It's very bouncy, nothing really scary happens (not even the geese), and the artwork is well done. For more fun, try singing it to "Mulberry bush" or "I saw three ships".

  • Danette
    2019-04-08 10:36

    9/18/17 Read with Naomi

  • Andy
    2019-04-07 15:50

    We got given this (for our son) to introduce us to Margaret Mahy (who lived locally). I'm sure kids would enjoy it but I found it a little repetitive (though I did enjoy the word 'guggliwugs') and I'm not a big fan of the illustrations either to be honest. Yet to be convinced.21/07/14: updateI think I read this over 40 times this weekend to a sick son who decided this is his next favourite. As a consequence, not only can I recite it pretty much word for word, it's also grown on me, illustrations and all. I've upgraded to 3 stars.

  • Dolly
    2019-04-01 15:38

    The narrative for this tale follows the tune to Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. It's a humorous romp on a Saturday morning with children, adults and pets, and children will enjoy the sing-song narrative. The colorful and cartoonish illustrations complement the story nicely and conveyn images of a fun summer day. We enjoyed reading this book together.

  • Teresa
    2019-04-06 12:37

    A small summer adventure--trying to get to the beach, dogs creating havoc by chasing some geese; try again with leashes.You MUST sing this story: either "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush", "We Saw Three Ships" or even "The Wheels on the Bus". And then it's glorious. The illustrations are funny, too--love the mean look in the goose's eye. A cheerful, slightly suspenseful summer story-time favorite.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-19 15:53

    I thought this book had a funny ending, but I didn't care for the repetitive lines in the poem. I got tired of saying the same line over and over again, feeling like I should be singing instead of reading.

  • Taylor Brune
    2019-04-12 15:34

    This would be another great book to use when beginning to talk about rhyming words with kindergarteners. AFter reading this story, students could right their own list of rhyming words or even begin to write their own poems.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-28 07:47

    Kids love it as part of a summer storytime theme, especially if you sing the book to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus!" The rhyming and repetition make it a great selection for early literacy lessons.

  • Janice
    2019-03-23 15:27

    Very fun.

  • Mekia
    2019-04-01 07:37

    This rhyming book talks about things that are seen during the summer. It has a lot of rhyming that children can chime in on. It can also be used for a transition.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-06 14:46

    I always sing the lines because well, it feels right to sing it, and my kids love it.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-18 12:50

    Delightful! Margaret's way with writing rhythm in a story is wonderful. Such a simple story line and lovely illustrations- Mahy at her best!

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-27 12:26

    summer, geese and dogs, beach/watermusical rhythm'The geese begin to run away, Run away, run away.The dogs run, too. They want to playOn a summery Saturday morning.'

  • Simone Colwill
    2019-04-14 13:34

    What a brilliantly told story! Loved the rhyme.

  • Katie Fitzgerald
    2019-04-02 11:51

    Read at Pajama Story Time on 8/1/12:

  • Donna Blaber
    2019-04-02 14:24

    Beautiful in every which way.

  • Kim
    2019-03-29 11:48

    Cute Story about a family going to the sea with the dogs. The dogs go after the geese and the geese go after the dogs.