A stick or a stone?
A cat or a dog?
Rain or snow?
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Would you rather be a stick or a stone? A cat or a dog? Thunder or lightning? William Steig ( Sylvester and the Magic Pebble) teams up with illustrator Harry Bliss ( A Fine, Fine School) in this simple picture book that cleverly illustrates the Would you rather... game popularized by the chirp y, leggy Jiminy Cricket. A magician's bunny, equipped with wand and black top hat, asks a boy and a girl which of two things they'd rather be. "A stick?" he asks as he conjures a stick out of the hat. "Or a stone?" he asks as he produces a hovering rock. Of course, the action picks up a little as living creatures start to emerge from the hat. (The kids have to run off, for instance, when they have to choose between a mouse and an elephant.) Grownup or kid? The grownup is a balding businessman reading a newspaper (while sticking out of the magician's hat), the kid is a skateboarding kid zooming out of the hat. The children, usually silent, quickly decide on that one.
If Harry Bliss had to choose between being himself or a bird, he wouldn't decide at all. He would want wings and he "definitely would not eat worms--no way." There's plenty of fodder for a lively read-aloud session here, as kids get creative in their analysis of the pros and cons of being a cat or a dog, etc., etc. For more complicated (and downright odd) choices, try John Burningham's delightful Would You Rather.... (Ages 3 to 6) --Karin SnelsonAbout the Author:
William Steig's drawings appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 1930. He also wrote and illustrated books for children, most recently his memoir, When Everybody Wore a Hat. His other books include Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, winner of the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books; Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa; Pete's A Pizza; and Zeke Pippin.
Harry Bliss is the New York Times bestselling artist of Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, by Doreen Cronin; A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech; and Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig. He is also an award-winning, internationally syndicated cartoonist and a cover artist for the New Yorker magazine. He lives in Vermont with his son.
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Book Description Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins, NY, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New Dj. Harry Bliss (illustrator). Oblong 4to. A rabbit musician asks two children to decide to decide between being such things as a stick or a stone, an elbow or a knee, etc in this cute comparative tale by 2X CALDECOTT/2X NEWBERY WINNER STEIG. Wonderfully humorous well-colored illustrations by Bliss throughout. Unused copy though there is slight bumping to the spine bottom. OUT OF PRINT. Bookseller Inventory # 15388
Book Description HarperCollins, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060296534
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800602965371.0
Book Description Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins, New York, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Bliss, Harry (illustrator). First Printing. DJ is protected by Brodart mylar. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 6807
Book Description HarperCollins, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060296534
Book Description HarperCollins, 2002. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060296534