Alfonse, Where Are You?

Alfonse, Where Are You?

by Linda Wikler, Linda Wikler
     
 

Illustrated in full color. Alfonse and Little Bird play the perennial favorite hide-and-seek in this adorable caper just right for young children. Little Bird, a duckling, counts to ten while her friend, the gray goose Alfonse, looks for a hiding place. Alfonse finds such a great place to hide that LIttle Bird walks right past. When Alfonse finally emerges from his…  See more details below

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Illustrated in full color. Alfonse and Little Bird play the perennial favorite hide-and-seek in this adorable caper just right for young children. Little Bird, a duckling, counts to ten while her friend, the gray goose Alfonse, looks for a hiding place. Alfonse finds such a great place to hide that LIttle Bird walks right past. When Alfonse finally emerges from his hiding place, Little Bird has disappeared. Children will love looking for and finding Little Bird on each page—especially when Alfonse can't see her—in this charming story about friendship.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rich enough to please adult eyes, yet simple enough to hold the attention of fidgety two-year-olds, debut author/artist Wilker's painterly watercolors and lively text have a delightfully old-fashioned feel that at times recalls classic children's books of the 1950s and '60s. There is no hard-edged irony heredialogue is blessedly straightforward, and the scenes have a natural sense of framing, with just enough detailing to let the reader sense the softness of the grass and the downy feathers of a chick. Alfonse the goose is trying to play hide-and-seek with his friend, Little Bird. But when the tiny chick mistakenly believes that she is supposed to be the hider rather than the seeker, Alfonse enlists a honking flock of friends to find her. The search grows so noisy that the geese never hear Little Bird calling, "Here I am!" Those who read the book aloud should have a field day with Alfonse's calls as well as the honks of his comrades. Wilker heightens the whimsical drama through her use of different typefaces: the fluffy Little Bird, for example, speaks her simple sentences in a bold, wavy type that complements her featherbrained personality. Readers will be eager to see what Wilker hatches next. Ages 2-6. (June)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Little Bird cannot find Alfonse, the goose, anywhere during their game of hide-and-seek. In turning the tables on the goose, Little Bird sends the entire gaggle into a frenzy searching for him. Younger children will find the artwork of this story charming and the relationship between the older and younger birds both affectionate and humorous.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1A feisty chick and a good-hearted goose are the protagonists of this delightful tale about an over-enthusiastic game of hide-and-seek. Alfonse hides so well that Little Bird can't find him, so she decides to hide from him instead. But when Alfonse can't find her, his feathers become so ruffled that he even hustles up a search party. The gaggle of geese, with their webbed feet, white feathers, and honking, combine to make such a mass of confusion that nobody hears Little Bird chirp, "Here I am." Soon she gives up and falls asleep in the grass, where Alfonse discovers her. The next time the two friends play their game, Alfonse makes himself very easy to find. This book is a delightful combination of a charming story filled with repeating phrases and simple sentences suitable for beginning readers and lively, active watercolors that give depth and humor to the text. Reminiscent of Pat Hutchins's What Game Shall We Play (Greenwillow, 1990), this title has a beguiling simplicity and begs to be shared by friends everywhere.Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517700457
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/07/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.34(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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