Tuesday

It should come as no surprise that masterful picture books illustrator David Wiesner is such an award winning childrens books creator or that his lush illustrations often need few words to still win major acclaim in the form of coveted awards like the Caldecott Medal he won in 1992 for “Tuesday”. In it, Wiesner weaves a fantastical and truly surreal story around a seemingly mundane Tuesday evening, around eight.

Without any pomp and circumstance or ado, frogs begin to collect at a swamp. They collect but they are not in the swamp but above it, floating gracefully and quietly on magic carpet lily pads that increase in number as the crowd of rotund green amphibians increases – to tremendous numbers. It is clear that these particular frogs on this particular Tuesday evening plan to have some fun and that they know exactly how to go about finding it. When they descend on an unsuspecting little town the true fun begins.

Whether they are frightening the periodic bird or sneaking into the home of a sleeping grandma to change the channel on her television, these floating frogs are all about the fun and your kids will be too when they get lost in the mystical and magical world crafted by David Wiesner. As quickly as the silent adventure began though, the frogs lose their magical lily pads when a new day begins to dawn and they are left only to return to their swamp and await the next magical departure.

Tuesday

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