"Delightful . . . illustrations of multiethnic children, accompanied by a lyrical narrative, happily guide young readers through the many sights and sounds of the farm." - KIRKUS REVIEWS
Does a toddler like to make animal sounds? Yes! Then follow Judy Hindley’s multicultural crew of little ones to the farmyard, where they gleefully peek through fences, scratch dogs’ bellies, cuddle cats, and celebrate the distinctive - and easily imitated - sound each animal makes.
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Judy Hindley was brought up in California, the eldest of six children. She received a degree in English from the University of Chicago and later moved to London. After six years as an editor of educational books, she left London, moved to the country, and began a new career as a picture book author. Sine then, she has published such titles as THE BIG RED BUS, THE PERFECT LITTLE MONSTER, and THE BEST THING ABOUT A PUPPY.
Brita Granstrom studied graphic design and illustration at Konstfack, Sweden's National School of Art and Design in Stockholm. When still a student, she worked in Kenya as a medical illustrator for a flying doctor, an experience she says she will never forget. Brita Granstrom now has more than twenty-five children's books published internationally.
With an imagination tickler for a title, Hindley (The Big Red Bus) and Granstrm (Baby Knows Best) send a multi-ethnic group of children on a cheery survey of the farmyard. "Does a cow say boo?" asks the omniscient narrator. Granstrm pictures a quartet of children entertaining the question: a redheaded girl sticks her fingers on her head in imitation of the cow's horns while the cow itself seems to answer the question. "A cow says... moo! That's what a cow says and you can, too. So who says boo?" The text continues along these rhetorical-participatory lines as the children scamper (and in one case, toddle) around the pens and barn, meeting up with sound-rich critters that utter an "oink," "woof," "neigh" and more. Working in watercolors and pencil, Granstrm renders vibrantly colored farm scenes from a wealth of vantage points, including the rafter perch of a barn owl. Vigorous brush strokes bring to life the distinctive textures, whether the regal feathering of a rooster or the tousled shagginess of a sheepdog. All barnyard denizens appear happy to be seen and even handled by the intrepid explorers. The answer to the title question comes on the final spread, when the children exuberantly demonstrate that saying "Boo" is a specialty of their own species. Ages 2-5.
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Book Description Candlewick, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110763621560
Book Description Candlewick, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0763621560