King of the Woods

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9780027263619: King of the Woods

It all begins when cawing Crow chases little Wren away from a prized golden apple and declares himself king of the woods. Then one animal after another--each one bigger than the last--tries to claim the coveted title and tasty prize, only to be promptly knocked off its pedestal by the next animal aspiring to greatness. Full-color illustrations.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-In this cumulative, predictable tale of the weak overcoming the strong, the battleground is a tree stump in a forest, and the object in dispute is a golden apple. First discovered by little Wren, the fruit attracts increasingly larger animals, each of whom claims to be "king of the woods." In the end, little Wren proves victorious, and all watch in silence as she eats the worm that's been hiding inside this prized apple. Brown's marvelous watercolors depict a green, mossy forest and detailed, expressive creatures. The animals and birds are painted in sharp detail and are full of movement, character, bluster, and pride. The woodland background is less focused, yet the shadowy silhouette of each new challenger is apparent in the mist. Beginning readers can handle the text independently, and younger children will enjoy hearing it read aloud.
Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

A big, juicy, golden apple attracts a succession of woods dwellers, who appear here in pecking order. After a tiny wren discovers the fruit, various creatures lay claim to it, each announcing, "I am the king of the woods." Unsurprisingly, each is foiled by a bigger, gruffer contender. Day's repetitive, gamesome text invites youngest mites to join in the telling. Its predictability effectively lures readers into a rhythm of expectation. However, the refrains carry a distinctly British lilt that may be cumbersome for American readers ("The Crow may be able to bully little bush birds, but the Eagle was not having any bragging bird claiming to be lord of his forest"). Brown's watercolor beasts and birds gain in jocularity and puffed-up foolishness as the book progresses. Its brains-over-brawn, agility-counts, get-even ending will satisfy small readers. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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