PreS-K. In this offering that reads with the rhythm and bounce of a nursery rhyme, a boy helps his grandfather collect fruits and vegetables from the garden: "In Grandpa's wheelbarrow, I bump up and down--bumpety bumpety bump." A red hen follows the pair, and after loading the wagon with produce, grandfather and grandson reverse course and follow the hen back to the shed, where they find a new egg. The story is slight, and those reading aloud may stumble over an occasional offbeat or missed rhyme. Still, the word repetition will encourage spirited chanting along, and young children will find plenty of familiar foods to look at and point to in the cheerful paintings of orchards and garden rows, presented in cross sections that show views both above- and belowground. This isn't a necessary purchase, but the warm camaraderie between grandparent and child makes the story a good choice for sharing among generations, and teachers may want to include the root-to-fruit views in preschool and kindergarten units about growing things. Gillian Engberg
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PreSchool-Grade 2-A little boy and his grandfather have a fun-filled time digging up potatoes, carrots, onions, beans, and other vegetables. Bumpety bump, bumpety bump, up and down is what they say each time the boy returns to the wheelbarrow and grandpa pushes him and the bounty all over the farm. A little red hen accompanies them on every page as the boy chatters and the grandfather listens, pushing through the beans, beets, lettuce, and cucumbers. Finally, after they pick some berries, the little hen stops following them. It seems that she has a special surprise to share. A sweet, comical look at crops and caregivers, illustrated with amusing art in vivid colors.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA
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Book Description Greenwillow Books, 2006. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060560002