Playground Day

By Jennifer Merz
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618816965, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 2007

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Intricate and charming collage illustrations crafted from torn and cut paper and found materials shine in this exuberant celebration of imagination and play. When a young girl packs her stuffed animals into her wagon and heads off to the park, she is inspired by both her toys and the playground equipment, and soon she is hiding like a squirrel, climbing like a monkey, sliding like a penguin, and so on--all relayed in catchy rhymed couplets. Each page offers clues to a friendly preschool guessing game and captures the unique pleasures of a day spent at the playground.

About the Author

Jennifer J. Merz's first picture book was THAT DANCIN' DOLLY, which she also wrote and illustrated. PLAYGROUND DAY!, her first book for Clarion, was inspired by long happy days at the playground with her own children. She lives in Allendale, New Jersey. For more information visit

Praise For Playground Day

"Merz offers a celebratory ode to the splendor of playgrounds, her verses taking readers on an exploration of ... imagination." Kirkus Reviews

The engaging text and illustrations invite children to move around and to make the animal sounds. An enjoyable selection for storytimes.
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