Jump In! by Shadra Strickland

Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Summary:  The golden light of a summer morning beckons kids to the playground where the invitation, “Jump in!” is answered by young and old alike.  Kids line up for a turn at Double Dutch, a boy shows off his moves on the basketball court, a skateboarder returns from school, and even adults join in the fun:  a grandmother surprises everyone with her funky dancing and a hip young pastor jumps in, too.  As the light changes to purple, streetlights flicker on, and moms begin to call kids home.  The last spread shows abandoned jump ropes on the dark playground with the words, “Jump Out.”  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  The bouncy rhythmic text and high-energy illustrations will have kids up on their feet celebrating the world of play and community on a hot summer’s day.

Cons:  While kids always enjoy gatefold spreads like the ones scattered through this book, I find they don’t hold up well in the library.

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