akibird

A Blog of Children's Literature

Tupelo Rides the Rails February 13, 2011

Tupelo Rides the RailsTupelo Rides the Rails by Melissa Sweet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tupelo Rides the Rails by Melissa Sweet (2008)

Picture Book, 34 pages with 3 foldout pages

Tupelo has something for dog lovers and astronomers alike. Sweet does an outstanding job weaving literary elements of allusion, alliteration and other wordplay into a dog’s tale full of stars and stinky stuff. With very detailed mixed-media illustrations and longer text on each page, it may be a difficult read for a large group at story time. Then again, there is so much to look at on every page, little eyes will be able to absorb the images as little ears listen to Tupelo’s quest to find her place in the world. 4 or 5-year-olds will love following Tupelo’s tail on this journey full of hopes and dreams.

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