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The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister
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Ernestine is in over her head. Monday through Sunday, Ernestine's week is packed with after-school lessons--tuba, knitting, sculpting, water ballet, yoga, yodeling, and karate. Overwhelmed and exhausted, Ernestine decides to take matters into her own hands and heads off to the park with her Nanny where she builds a fort, watches the clouds, and plays all kinds of unstructured and imaginative games. But when a teacher calls Ernestine's mom to report that she has not shown up for yodeling, her parents search everywhere until at last they hear their daughter's laughter coming from the park. Ernestine tells her parents what a wonderful afternoon she's had, and explains her plight, asking, "I like my lessons, but can't I stop some of them?" This saga hilariously captures the dilemma of the modern-day over-scheduled child in riotous color and absurd extremes. A delightful heroine, Ernestine will be sure to put "play" back on everyone's agenda, demonstrating that in today's overscheduled world, everyone needs the joy of play and the simple wonders of childhood.
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About the Author

Linda Ravin Lodding works abroad in media and public affairs for the United Nations. Suzanne Beaky is the illustrator of the Hailey Twitch chapter book series and several picture books. She is a recipient of the Ellen Dolan Memorial Mentorship Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Missouri. She lives in Kirksville, Missouri.

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"This book is a joyful and funny reminder to kids and parents alike about the importance and power of play..." Chr(45)Darell Hammond, New York Times best-selling author and CEO of KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play' for America's children. - "...There's great energy in both Lodding's storytelling and Beaky's bright acrylic illustrations. The valuable lesson is all the more effective for being shown, and not preached..." Chr(45)Kirkus Reviews - "...Lodding's prose is studded with punny quips and names... Beaky provides acrylic caricatures that really take off once Ernestine and her nanny start to mix up her schedule..." Chr(45)Publishers Weekly - "Beautifully illustrated and charmingly written... a funny, warm-hearted and insightful story about one child's need and right to play Chr(45) and how she cleverly educates the adults around her about the importance in play in everyday life." Chr(45)Morgan Leichter-Saxby, London- and Cardiff-based lecturer on children's right to free, local, and open-ended play, and blogger at PlayEverything.

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