Follow the Leader

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9780374324230: Follow the Leader

As one child leads, the other one follows in this exuberant tale with lively illustrations about the classic mimicking game. 10,000 first printing.

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About the Author:

Erica Silverman is the author of Raisel's Riddle, illustrated by Susan Gaber; The Halloween House, illustrated by Jon Agee; and other children's books. She lives in Los Angeles, California. G. Brian Karas has written and illustrated numerous books, including Home on the Bayou: A Cowboys Story and The Windy Day. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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PreSchool-K-A big brother narrates this whimsical game of "Follow the Leader," in which he insists that his little brother does whatever he says. Yet, after enduring several pages of (sometimes literally) jumping through hoops, the younger sibling has had enough. Finally, the older boy agrees to give him a turn as leader, rather than lose his playmate. This simple tale captures both the fun and the tension of sibling relationships. The rhyming verses use lots of actions ("Trot like a pony./Squat like a frog./Leap like a rabbit over this log"), making this an ideal choice for storytime. Karas's trademark scratchy illustrations make good use of simple lines to convey the characters' feelings (the determinedly mischievous look on the younger brother's face as he sneaks off leaves no doubt as to what he is up to). In addition, the illustrations work with the text to honor a child's sense of play. For instance, the picture for "Like an acrobat, balance. Oops! Careful, don't fall" shows the boys balancing tenuously on a piece of string laid across the floor. A pleasing romp that will find a home in any collection.
Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD
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