Down the Road (Paperback)
With beautiful watercolors from Caldecott Honor artist E. B. Lewis, Alice Schertle's Down the Road is a touching picture book not to be missed.
Sometimes Hetty walked with Mama down the dusty road. Sometimes she walked with Papa. But Hetty had never, ever been allowed down the dusty road all by herself.
Eggs for breakfast, Mama and Papa agree, would be nice, but they're too busy to go to the store. Is Hetty big enough? “Absolutely,” says Papa, so with money in her pocket and a basket over her arm, Hetty sets off for Mr. Birdie’s store.
Although she practices her smooth walk up the hill so she won’t break the precious eggs, Hetty can’t help running all the way down. But what will she do about the slippery log over the stream and the rock hidden in the road? And what other obstacles will Hetty face on her first grown-up adventure?
Alice Schertle’s gentle text and E.B. Lewis’s glorious, translucent watercolors depict a loving family and the friendly world that awaits a child’s first steps toward independence.
“The story is remarkable for its evocative imagery, and the loving interchange between the characters sets a charming tone. The words are perfectly complemented by Lewis’s dazzling, impressionistic watercolors that show the joyous power of love and depict a warmly supportive world in which Hetty ventures forth toward independence. A fine book that speaks straight to the heart.” —Booklist
Alice Schertle is a poet and author of many well-loved books for children, including the beloved, #1 New York Times best-selling Little Blue Truck series,Very Hairy Bear, Button Up!, and All You Need for a Snowman. She lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts.