At the supermarket

Anne F. Rockwell

Book - 2010

A mother and child fill a cart at the supermarket with everything from grapes to paper towels, finishing off with some very special items.

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New York : Henry Holt 2010.
1st Henry Holt ed
Item Description
"Christy Ottaviano Books."
Originally published as: Supermarket. New York : Macmillan, 1979.
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Main Author
Anne F. Rockwell (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Rockwell has created new illustrations and tweaked the text for her 1997 book The Supermarket. Although the straightforward scenes depicting a young boy and his mother grocery shopping are only slightly changed, the style of the art is looser, and the colors are brighter and richer. Subtle changes in the boy's narration, mostly naming the items he and his mother purchase, include an indication that "Mommy always gets the green kind" of detergent (although, as in the original edition, their groceries go into paper bags rather than reusable bags). The story climaxes with the boy and his mother making and decorating the boy's birthday cake with items purchased at the store. A new crop of children will enjoy this quiet, familiar outing just as others have for many years. For children a little older, Supermarket (2001), by Kathleen Krull, presents an in-depth look at all aspects of supermarkets. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS—First published in 1979 as The Supermarket, this book has an updated text and new artwork. A boy and his mother go to the grocery store, but this is not just any shopping trip. They buy fruits, vegetables, meat, toilet paper, eggs, and bread, but they are also getting the ingredients for his birthday cake. "Uh-oh! We almost forgot the little sugar sprinkles. But I remembered," he exclaims. The well-written narration explains their trip from start to finish, including how the checkout line works. The brightly colored gouache illustrations on white backgrounds show the child helping to fill the cart and feature such items as produce and a container of ice cream alone on the page, making identification easy. This is a fun, educational read-aloud.—Kris Hickey, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH [Page 143]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Toddler-PreS—A trip to the grocery store is a highlight of many young children's day. Here, a child narrator describes his favorite things, from the automatic doors to the endless aisles of products. This particular excursion is special because in addition to the standard items, the boy and his mom are buying supplies and treats for his birthday party the next day. Rockwell's cheery paintings and child-focused text make this a delightful selection to share all year round. [Page 62]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A mother and child fill a cart at the supermarket with everything from grapes to paper towels, finishing off with some very special items, including the ingredients for a birthday cake. By the creator of My Preschool.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A mother and child fill a cart at the supermarket with everything from grapes to paper towels, finishing off with some very special items.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

On a special trip to the supermarket, a young boy helps his mom buy what they need. There are meats, fruits, and vegetables to put in the shopping cart; soap and toilet paper, too. But the most important ingredients are those needed to bake a birthday cake. Children love to help out at the grocery store. In her signature style, Anne Rockwell conveys the thrill of a trip to the supermarket from a young child's point-of-view.Thirty years ago, Anne Rockwell collaborated with her husband Harlow on this charming book. This beloved favorite has been newly updated for a new generation of young readers.