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An immigrant shoeshine boy seeks the owner of a brilliant red cloth. Digital pencil, watercolor, and pastel illustrations (6-9).


— From Historical Fiction

Summer 2012 Kids' Next List

“When a little shoe-shine boy finds a red scarf, he tries to return it to its owner, by climbing higher and higher up the fire escape of an apartment building in his search. On his way, he meets immigrants from all over the world and receives a friendly 'hello' from each. Manning's use of graphic novel panels perfectly captures the movement of her busy story, while dynamic angles allow readers to take in every aspect of the city. A wonderful exploration of diversity and a celebration of a neighborhood.”
— Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA


In a picture book that blends realism and fantasy, a shoeshine boy is surprised when a
piece of red silk falls from the sky. Trying to find its owner, he ventures up and down
fire escapes, back and forth across clotheslines, and into the company of the colorfully
diverse people who live in the tenement. Lively pages laid out in multiple panels, with
a few words of text in dialogue balloons, capture the exhilarating action, and foreignlanguage
phrases are translated on the endpapers. There is a cheerful side to a neighborhood
packed with people of different origins—the opportunity to make friends
across race lines, culture lines, and clotheslines!

About the Author

Maurie J. Manning is the author/illustrator of Kitchen Dance and has illustrated numerous other children's books, some of which she also wrote. She and her children live in Stockton, California. Visit her online at and on Twitter @mauriejmanning.

Praise For…

"Everything teems with movement and life--completely beguiling."--Kirkus, starred review

"There's much to discover in the varied, well-paced frames of this graphic picture book."--Horn Book

"A vivid, warmhearted picture book...Manning's pages are exuberance itself as her hero balletically bounds from frame to frame."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[A] charming picture book with graphic-novel elements...The atmospheric illustrations will draw in young readers and make them feel as if they are pushing their way through the crowded streets, climbing up fire escapes, and swinging from laundry lines along with the shoeshine boy."--School Library Journal

"The hustle-and-bustle setting provides another visual treat, matched by the warm exuberance of the boy's neighborly adventure."--Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780547241968
ISBN-10: 0547241968
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 17th, 2012
Pages: 40
Language: English