Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 2 to 5
- Grade: p to 12
Wake up, Nellie! The fun is about to begin. First, there’s deciding what to wear. Then there’s breakfast with all kinds of shapes and textures and tastes. From indoor play in a made-up train, to a trip to the park and a bedtime cuddle with Daddy, Nellie’s day is full of discoveries.
Marthe Jocelyn’s bright collages incorporate a feast of concepts for small children to explore. With so much to look at and talk about, A Day with Nellie is sure to be a favorite with the very young and with the people who take care of them.
About the author
Marthe Jocelyn is the award-winning author and illustrator of over thirty-five books for babies, kids and teens. Her illustrated books have been shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. In 2009 she was the recipient of the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. One Red Button and One Piece of String are the result of her lifelong obsession with scraps, and her delight in surprising the reader with unexpected details. Originally from Toronto, Marthe settled in Stratford, Ontario, after a thirtyyear stretch in New York. For more information, visit www.marthejocelyn.com.
“Jocelyn's charming, intricate collages magically turn cloth, buttons, and other materials into lively, colorful, multidimensional scenes. Children will enjoy the pictures and relate to this day in the life of a typical pre-schooler.”
–School Library Journal
“…delightfully child–friendly…There are so many things to see and so many different objects…used to make the pictures that numerous readings will be welcomed.”
“A Day With Nellie is a delightful picture book… Strong, playful color illustrations resembling paper cutout models make this a particularly vibrant and happy tale for beginning readers.”
“The book irresistibly draws the child in and encourages the reader to point and name objects. Marthe Jocelyn’s cloth collage is cheerful and child-like… The end-papers…are joyful and inviting.”
–Books in Canada
“Marthe Jocelyn has surely been a mother of a pre-schooler, for her simple text about the rhythms and choices of a small girl’s day is not only fun, it rings true…Who could resist this beautiful book?”
–Children’s Book News
“As with her stunning Hannah books, Marthe Jocelyn has again crafted delightful child-appealing collages to accompany her text… What distinguishes this catalogue of preschool activities…is the strength of its illustrations… This book will be sure to be a winner with the preschool set. Highly Recommended.”
“[Young readers] will see a little bit of themselves in Nellie’s routines and A Day with Nellie is sure to spark interest and discussion. Even better than the text, however, are the illustrations…that will attract the readers (and listeners) to the story… A Day with Nellie is sure to delight children and adults alike…I highly recommend this book for school and public libraries.”
“…a charming new book for preschoolers. Jocelyn’s trademark collage illustrations are perfect for this age group: simple and uncluttered in design, yet rich in texture and pattern…”
–Quill & Quire
“Very little children…will enjoy Canadian Marthe Jocelyn’s collage-illustrated story…”
“…a sweet new concept book for toddlers…Jocelyn’s unusual and appealing collage-art style of illustration incorporates fabric and other items for a fun 3-D effect, and the simple text depicting young Nellie’s activities from morning til night is just right for two–and three–year–olds.”
“Nellie introduces us to her wonderful world…There is sure to be animated discussion as this book is shared. Young readers will note that Nellie’s day has much in common with their own. The vibrant, textured collages are quite extraordinary…”