Roxanne was a lovely child...
But clumsy as an ox --
and every time she played, she got
a dozen nicks and knocks.
"OUCH!" is what they heard her say
a hundred times a day.
and "OOPS!" out loud
no matter what they'd play.
And so Roxanne wishes out loud that she were made of stone so she wouldn't always get hurt. From deep within the forest comes "Ka-PLICKety, zickety zock," and sure enough Roxanne turns into rock. At first she relishes her new-found freedom to jump and skip and run. But as her bicycle tires go flat beneath her solid, heavy frame, and her stony eyes spill only pebble tears, Rocksy regrets her careless wish.
Rolled back to the Magic Woods where she made that first fateful wish, Rocksy calls on the Wise Old Woman to change her back. With her special charms the Wise Old Woman reverses the trick, then comes up with a brilliant new plan. With a flick of the wrist she changes herself into the Playground Coach.
Balance is lesson number one. Then fancy footwork, nifty flips, leaping and hopping and instant stopping. The Playground Coach shows the kids all kinds of ways to run and jump and play and fall without ever hurting at all.
Loris Lesynski creates another highly original comic tale enlivened by her trademark colorful illustrations.