that are certain to tickle your funny bone. Who among us doesn’t like to have the last laugh? (Fiction. 3-5)

BEARHIDE AND CROW

An amusing tale based on Appalachian folklore, in which it is said crows can be taught to speak. Amos Dyer is the

laughingstock of his town, thanks to his penchant for swapping quality items for worthless garbage. Sent by his wife to get a new gourd for the well, Amos finds one but trades it for a flea-ridden bearskin from Sam Hankins, who has touted it as being magical. Hearing robbers discussing hidden gold on the Hankins property, Amos is given the perfect opportunity to clear his name and prove he’s capable of making clever decisions. He pretends a crow has told him the location of the gold; then, he trades the crow to Hankins for half the gold. Convincing Hankins that the bearskin was, indeed, magical, Amos has the final laugh when Hankins eagerly trades the remaining gold. Pencil sketches painted with acrylics depict the surprising turn of events

that are certain to tickle your funny bone. Who among us doesn’t like to have the last laugh? (Fiction. 3-5)

Pub Date: March 15, 2000

ISBN: 0-8234-1470-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Holiday House

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2000

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RABBIT'S PAJAMA PARTY

PLB 0-06-027617-7 paper 0-06-446722-8 New to the MathStart series is this quick take on sequencing, although almost any story with a beginning, middle, and end would serve as well. A sleepover is the premise; Rabbit invites his friends Mouse, Giraffe, and Elephant to the party. The action is described in a few short rhyming sentences that outline the order of events. Friends are invited inside, a pizza dinner is gobbled up, juice follows dinner, and ice cream sundaes for dessert conclude the meal. At bedtime, the four friends pull on their pajamas and zip themselves into sleeping bags while Rabbit’s mother takes a picture. Hand shadows and scary stories come with lights out, until Mouse is heard snoring peacefully. Just when it appears that it may be a stretch to locate the math involved, a final page asks, “What Happened at Rabbit’s Pajama Party?” to prompt children to think about what happened first, next, and last. Although Remkiewicz wiggles out of showing “hot fudge” by present a bottle of chocolate syrup instead, no one will question the accuracy of his animals’ zeal; they are all smiles, delightfully displaying silly expressions. Characteristically, the final spread offers tips and suggestions for adults who may want to extend the sequencing concept with follow-up activities. (Picture book. 2-4)

Pub Date: Sept. 30, 1999

ISBN: 0-06-027616-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1999

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OINK!

Toddler-size sleuths can match cheerful barnyard animals to their appropriate sounds in this sparkling board book from Wojtowycz. Each spread features the typical habitat for a familiar animal, such as a grassy paddock or a clear blue lake. One page frames the question about a typical animal sound, such as, “Who says . . . Oink Oink?” The answer will be one of four friendly farm animals—duck, cow, pig, and horse—suspended on a colored ribbon, which can be placed into a slot on the facing page. Jewel tones dominate the illustrations; the color-coordinated ribbons provide additional clues to the correct answers. Deceptively simple in appearance, this wonderfully resourceful book is packed with learning opportunities, including reading, since every creature is labeled on one side with its name. An engaging first look at some favorite animals of the toddler set. (Board book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Dec. 1, 1999

ISBN: 1-86233-084-0

Page Count: 10

Publisher: Sterling

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 1999

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