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Just How Long Can a Long String Be?!

Written & Illustrated by Keith Baker


A new classic from Keith Baker on problem-solving for the very young.

Has something ever gotten in your way that seems way too big to handle?

What if you could break down that problem into pieces... until it wasn't a problem at all?

Meet Ant. Meet his friend Bird. And help them turn a big ball of string into kite tails, jump ropes, top spinners, and just about anything else that you can imagine.


Reviews and Awards

IndieBound's Summer 2009 Kid's Indie Next List

“Baker’s patterned rhyme beautifully balances the continual image of a white cord that loops along his elegant full page chalk/crayon–style drawings on pastel-hued, spring-like backgrounds.... Budding and new readers will easily fill in the rhyme as they match illustrations to context. Another winner for the pattern-book list.” - Kirkus Reviews

“The tangled ball of string that unravels and wends its way from page to page provides an artful use of line. Pastel pages with a sense of movement and lots of texture make this book a visual delight.... [T]he multifold answer that links problem and solution will encourage children to think about the notion of relativity and the myriad uses that something like a string can have.” - Booklist

"A palette of pastels captures the beauty of spring with sweet pea vines climbing toward the sun, a kite flying in a powder blue sky, and Bird weaving string into her nest.... Pair this lovely book with Ezra Jack Keats’s Jennie’s Hat for a fine spring storytime." - School Library Journal

“The kid-friendly quotient of the brief rhyming text and spot-on childlike uses for the string is matched by the art, soft pastels of a benign, sunny world. There is much here for young picture book viewers, whether it’s tracing Little Ant’s ball of string as it unwinds through each double-page spread or locating Little Ant in each cheerful scene.”Horn Book 


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Spring 2009
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-545-08661-2
Price: $16.99 / $18.99
Trim Size: 10" x 8"
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes