A snappy emotional workout: Bill in a China Shop

Saturday, July 15, 2006.

Author: Katie McAllaster Weaver
Illustrator: Tim Raglin
Published: 2003 Bloomsbury USA
ISBN: 1582349886

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In fewer than thirty pages of snappy rhyme, this perfectly illustrated book lurches our hearts through bliss, terror, relief, yearning, horror, sorrow, pity, disdain, triumph, gratitude and finally the comfort of friendship.

SUMMARY: A dapper bull with a passion for porcelain teacups finally gains entry to a China Shop and, when rudely rebuked by an intolerant clerk, inadvertently destroys most of the displayed wares. Three distinguished older ladies originally assume Bill is in the wrong but, based on Bill’s obvious remorse, quickly switch allegience and come to his defence with generosity and friendship.

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Comment by Katie McAllaster (Weaver)

July 6, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

Dear JOMB:

What a sweet review! Thanks for enjoying my book.

You guys rock!

BTW, I never thought Bill was to blame, just like a two-year-old isn’t really to blame when he/she’s being yelled at when they’ve wrecked something quite by accident and then they panic and makes things worse. (Maybe I should have made that more clear!)

Cheers,
Katie McAllaster (Weaver) (the author)
katiegato@comcast.net

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Comment by Julie Dielmann

July 15, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

Bill in a China Shop is a wonderful book. I used it in my english course for 3-5 yr olds here in Germany and the children loved it!

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Comment by Kristine Cas

July 13, 2009 @ 9:12 am

Bill is such a big bull, isn’t he? And yet so sensitive and a bit conscious. When you know you’re not welcome to some particular places falling under one category (e.g. china shops), it’s traumatic and a bit awkward to be going in to one of them, even when there isn’t a sign anymore (that you’re not welcome).

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