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In this clever reworking of the classic folk song “Over in the Meadow,” readers meet villagers who spent their day spinning, cleaning, cooking, dancing, and more. The text counts up from one baby dragon to ten court jesters, and kids will enjoy counting along with each of the characters as they go about their daily work. At the end of the day, all the villagers look out their windows for a special surprise from their dragon neighbors. Readers will pore over illustrations filled with the same unexpected, warm humor of Boni Ashburn and Kelly Murphy’s first book, Hush, Little Dragon.
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Boni Ashburn is the author of Hush, Little Dragon. She lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her husband and four children. Visit her online at www.boniashburn.com. Kelly Murphy is the illustrator of Hush, Little Dragon and several other picture books. She lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.kelmurphy.com.
PreSchool-Grade 1—The loving Mom and baby from Ashburn and Murphy's Hush, Little Dragon (Abrams, 2008) reenact a variation of another familiar folk song. Well-rhymed quatrains guide readers through a medieval landscape populated with ever-increasing numbers of inhabitants (from one little dragon and two gruff guards all the way up to ten frisky jesters). Suspense builds on each earth-toned page, as mother dragon advises "patience" while child eagerly anticipates the book's culminating surprise: fireworks ignited by the "whoosh" of the dragons' breath. Simple but richly textured oil and acrylic illustrations contain amusing details for observant eyes (the little dragon can be caught peeking inside the castle walls, and an "old wily prisoner" and his "pet rats five" can be spied planning and executing escape from the dungeon). A playful and comforting addition to storytimes.—Amy Rowland, Shelter Rock Elementary School, Manhasset, NY
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Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 2010. Condition: New. Kelly Murphy (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0810984148
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, 2010. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110810984148