Market Day

Common Sense Media says

Presents folk art to young kids.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is nothing objectionable in this busy, collaged book.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

South American wooden fish and fruit, clay jalopies and carts, papier-mache, vegetables, folk figurines, and pounded tin stars fill the pages of this bright, rhyming story about market day. The folk art photographed for the illustrations is fascinating, but its complexity may confuse young readers.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Lois Ehlert used her own collection of folk art to accompany her lovely rhyming text about going to market. The first scene of a wooden Guatemalan rooster and chickens appliqued on a Colombian cloth field is charming. Unfortunately, too many of the scenes feel crammed with art, and even the balanced pages present a visual dilemma for children. Because the illustrations are photographs of authentic but unrelated folk objects, nothing is in proportion to each other.

MARKET DAY makes an important contribution by presenting folk art to young children. The explanation of origins and materials used, however, probably will fascinate grown-ups more than kids. Children will be disappointed by the lack of main characters, unless they notice the four repeating clay Mexican figurines, which often are hard to find.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the book's diverse artwork. Talk about a few pieces that interest you. Where are they from? How are they made? How could you find out more about them?

Book details

Author:Lois Ehlert
Illustrator:Lois Ehlert
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Harcourt Brace
Publication date:January 1, 2000
Number of pages:34
Publisher's recommended age(s):2 - 4

This review of Market Day was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential Apps Guide