AND THE COW SAID MOO!

In a rollicking barnyard tale designed to create noise, an inquisitive bovine wants to know why the other farm animals don’t moo. As the cheerful cow greets each creature, it urges each to moo: “Good morning, Duck. Say Moo! Say Moo! If I say Moo, why don’t you?” All around the farm, from sheep to horse, the animals patiently explain the unique sounds they make. Their cumulative responses form a rambunctious chorus, as each newcomer vocalizes its particular sound, the others join in with their own signature calls. It is Owl’s ingenious explanation that resolves the dilemma for the perplexed heifer. Phillips’s lively tempo keeps the pace moving, inexorably drawing readers along to the cacophonous conclusion. En route, readers gain an introduction to a bevy of familiar creatures and their calls. Young children can exuberantly join in, Old Macdonald–style, on the chorus. The large figures of the animals in Lamut’s lush oil paintings are finely detailed and realistically rendered. Included in each spread is an additional, smaller illustration done in soft pastels depicting the featured animal’s favorite habitat: a grassy field (sheep) or a hollowed-out tree on a moonlit night (owl). These illustrations are framed by the animal’s sounds; e.g., “quack, quack, quack” . . . surrounds the duck picture. The overall effect offers readers plenty of learning opportunities while having fun. A boisterous tale featuring some preschool favorites that will have most read-aloud sessions sounding like a bustling farm. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: May 3, 2000

ISBN: 0-688-16802-7

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2000

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ONE BEAN

PLB 0-8027-8649-9 The simple life cycle of a bean provides a practical and understandable example of scientific observation for budding young naturalists. Starting with a hand shown holding a single bean, readers journey full circle from soaking, planting, and watering, to flowering, harvesting, and eating. Uncluttered three-dimensional artwork complements the short, simple text; each stage of the bean’s transformation from seed to vegetable is shown in large scale, drawn so realistically that the texture of the skin seems to show the strain as the bean gets ready to put down roots. This is an ideal book for classrooms where students can’t resist the temptation to keep “checking” on their bean plants. (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-8027-8648-0

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Walker

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1998

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DIM SUM FOR EVERYONE!

Dim sum is the perfect tea party for children because of the tasty, small dishes on teacarts from which to choose. Here, a little girl narrates a simple story of the delicious meal she shares with her family. Turnip cakes, fried shrimp, sweet pork buns, and sweet tofu are all chosen, and lastly, the narrator selects egg tarts. As each child selects from a cart, the perspective changes to focus on the chooser. The bright red restaurant rug is the background color for every page, setting off the silver carts with their goodies and the bright, patterned colors of the people’s clothes. The yellow letters of the text at times curve to match the tables in the picture or appear a little off to the side so as not to interfere with the visual image. One particularly effective spread steps back and shows a half-dozen tables all filled with little dishes and the silver carts wending their way through them; the pattern is delightful. A history of the origins of dim sum and its popularity today is described in an epilogue. The bright green endpapers are decorated at the front with food, condiments, and tableware while the back endpapers depict almost two dozen dim sum dishes. A delightful read-aloud, sure to please those children who have enjoyed dim sum and a fascinating adventure for those who have yet to experience it. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: July 10, 2001

ISBN: 978-0-440-41770-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2001

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