Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Pop's Bridge

Pop's Bridge

Spring 2006 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Eve Bunting
Illustrator: C.F. Payne
ISBN: 0152047735
Hardcover Price: $17.00
Eve Bunting's poignant new picture book is about constructing the Golden Gate Bridge, but moreover it's about the love and pride between sons and fathers. Robert's construction-worker dad is a skywalker—a high iron-man—so nicknamed because “He climbs so high that sometimes clouds come down around his shoulders. When the fog rolls in, he disappears completely.” It's a deceptively elegant name for a treacherous job, and it's only after an on-site accident that Robert truly understands the peril his father is in every day. In solidarity, Robert builds a jigsaw-puzzle bridge of his own, thinking of his father and the whole building team with each piece he places. Teamwork and friendship are important concepts in Bunting's story, which is in turns lyrical, tense, celebratory, and tender. The richly colored paintings are a strong complement to the text, and the brilliant red-gold of the bridge is especially striking.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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