. . . . Volume VIII Number 2 . . . . September 21, 2001
Eisenstein. Illustrated by Miranda Jones.
ON: Tundra, 2001. 24 pp., cloth, $16.99. ISBN 0-88776-518-1.
Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 3-7.
by L.M. Sykes.
"Are we there yet?" Kate asked, as they drove past cloud-high buildings
heading north to their new home.
"Kate Melinda Sue, good things are worth waiting for," Mother said.
Kate didn't like to wait for anything: for her hair to grow until it tickled
her shoulders, for her juice to be poured, for car rides to end...
She hummed an angry tune to herself and slumped down in her seat.
As the title suggests,
Kate, the heroine of Marilyn Eisenstein's Kate Can't Wait,
finds waiting patiently for anything, big or small, a difficult task.When
forced to wait, Kate reacts with frustration and impatience stating "I
hate to wait."
One spring, Kate's
family moves to a farmhouse. and unfortunately her impatience moves along
with her. "Where are the cows and the corn?" she demands. Soon after, Kate
makes a new friend, Jessie, who welcomes her with a gift of strawberry
plants. Despite Kate's misgivings, Jessie assures her that, when ripe,
the strawberries will be delicious. Throughout
the summer, Kate learns a lot about friendship while caring for her very
own strawberry plants and, more importantly, discovers that good things
really are worth waiting for.
tale highlights a very common problem for children and adults alike. Most
readers can relate to Kate's dislike of waiting, and many parents will
recognize their own children (and themselves?) in Kate's impatience. The
story moves along at a comfortable pace and, though the vocabulary is simple,
Eisenstein includes some interesting similes and details.
watercolours complement the story well as they capture the bright colours
of a country spring and Kate's lively personality. Overall, Kate
Can't Wait is a sweet summertime tale worth sharing with your favourite
Sykes, who has worked as an early years teacher and teacher-librarian in
Winnipeg MB, is currently on maternity leave and enjoying her time at home
with her two young children.
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