Schmuel lived in a little gray house
On a little gray street
In a little gray town called Klimovich.
And from the first minute,
The first second he was born,
Everyone told him to hurry up!
And so begins the story of Schmuel, a boy who hurries his whole life through . . . until a magic clock gives him all the time he needs to follow his dreams. This lyrical tale by Jason Robert Brown, whose Broadway shows have garnered rave reviews and numerous awards, is paired with Mary GrandPré's spectacular artwork to create a magical story about taking the time to appreciate the world around you.
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Jason Robert Brown is the Tony Award-winning lyricist and composer of Parade, The Last Five Years, and Songs for a New World as well as the musical 13, which he collaborated on with Dan Elish. At his bar mitzvah he sang a song he had written about breaking up with his girlfriend, even though he had not at that time ever had a girlfriend. Jason lives in California with his wife and daughter.
Mary GrandPré is the critically acclaimed and national bestselling illustrator of the Harry Potter series as well as the picture books Lucia and the Light, The Thread of Life, Aunt Claire's Yellow Beehive Hair, and Plum, among others. She lives in Florida with her husband and daughter.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2—This picture book has the tone of a Jewish folktale. Schmuel's life is ruled by time from the second he is born. Learning his father's trade, he becomes a tailor and works long hours, never having time to sew a white dress for a girl he once knew. Forty-one years later, he is still alone and stitching into the night when the large clock in his shop tells him to stop everything and sew the long-ago-requested dress, promising him happiness if he does. Grumbling, Schmuel discovers that as he creates the dress, time on the clock ticks backward. Was that dress the one worn by the girl in Odessa who married a young man named Schmuel? A smiling clock holds the answer. At times the rhythm of the text changes and the rhyme disappears, and the effect is a disjointed story that is difficult to read aloud. The illustrations aptly depict Schmuel as he grows from a baby to a middle-aged man. GrandPré's swirling style captures scenes of light and dark, with attention to the changing seasons and the patterns of the various fabrics in the shop, reinforcing a sense of fantasy. Although there are some nice touches, this predictable story is for larger collections only.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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