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Nursery rhymes that toddlers will relate to
Hector Protector was dressed all in green;
Hector Protector was sent to the Queen . . .
Hector is an obliging dog who lets his toddler friend clothe him in jacket, scarf, and sock. On the boy and dog's visiting rounds, however, the Queen (mom) and King (dad) are not terribly receptive when Hector jumps all over them. "So Hector Protector was sent back again" -- for a nap with his friend on the floor.
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TRACEY CAMPBELL PEARSON is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Bob. She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.
Reviewed with Tracey Campbell Pearson's Little Bo-Peep
PreS. Nursery rhymes are a natural for the board-book set, and Campbell sensibly sets them in a child's home rather than in a Mother Goose fantasy land. Hector shows a toddler dressing a large, patient dog in a green hooded sweatshirt, a scarf, and a sock. When the dog leaps upon the child's parents, they are not amused, so the dog beats a retreat. The child follows and cuddles up to him for comfort. Set at night, Bo-Peep features a toddler first seen dropping two stuffed lambs over the railing of the crib and bawling over the lost sheep. Both parents come to the rescue, one to pick up the wailing child, the other to retrieve the wayward stuffies. Soon the baby and sheep are tucked into bed again, but the last scene shows the toddler again dropping the lambs over the railing of the crib. Even a young child can catch the humor, especially as the joke is on the parents. The story begs to be reread an in unending cycle, but even the most indulgent parents have their limits. Pearson's soft-edge drawings, washed with gentle colors, will appeal to young children, who love to watch their peers in action. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 2004. Board book. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110374308608
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