Out of the Way! (Hardcover)
Groundwood Books, 9781554981304, 20pp.
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
In this simple, lyrical story, a wide-spreading tree and a busy road grow simultaneously, even as time passes and the footsteps of people and animals give way to speeding cars, buses and trucks. The illustrations, in pen-and-ink with vibrant blocks of color, have a classic folk-art feel.
The author and illustrator, who really do share the same name (except for the last letter ), have always wanted to do a book together.
For an author interview about Out of the Way Out of the Way go to http: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXu36ODu8DQ&feature=player_embedded.
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Praise For Out of the Way!…
"The title, used very effectively as a refrain throughout the book, emphasizes that change is hurrying us along much faster than we want to go."The New York Times
"it's a rare thing: a book about generations and growth that doesn't come across as preachy."Publishers Weekly
"A great book to use as a tie-in to environmental units as well as multicultural connections."School Library Journal
"Groundwood adds yet another superior title to their long list of imaginative picture books. An accidental kind of learning occurs when reading Out of the Way! Out of the Way! and isn't that the best kind?"CM Magazine
"The message to stop and smell the roses (or enjoy the tree) comes through effectively as spreads become more and more saturated with imagery that crowds out the white space."Kirkus
"One day a boy spotted something small and green in the middle of the path.
'A baby tree,' he said.
He took some rocks and put them all around it.
'Hey, you,' called a mango seller, hurrying past. 'Out of the way, out of the way!'"
from the book