Just How Long Can a Long String Be?! (Hardcover)

By Keith Baker

Arthur A. Levine Books, 9780545086615, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2009

List Price: 16.99*
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Summer 2009 Kids' List

“Ant is stopped short when he encounters a huge ball of string. As he starts to unravel the ball of string, he asks his friend Bird, 'Just how long can a long string be?' Wise Bird says 'it depends,' and proceeds to show Ant just how true that is. With colorful and cheerful illustrations, Baker illustrates a great lesson in taking a big problem and breaking it down to a manageable size.”
— Trish Brown, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA
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One day Ant encounters a great big ball of string, and can't see his way over or through it. Fortunately, when he asks his friend Bird "How long is a string?" Bird wisely shows him all the wonderful ways a string can be cut up and used, to the delight of both friends. And after a day of adventure the question doesn't seem to be a problem anymore -- a string can be as long as Ant needs it to be.

About the Author

Keith Baker is the author and illustrator of fifteen beloved picture books, including BIG FAT HEN, which won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. A former elementary school teacher, he lives in Seattle, Washington.