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Children's LiteratureA celebration of diversity as expressed through a child's paean to different types of animals, this book has bright, cheerful full-page illustrations. From birds ("Here's to the who-o-o ones, the cock-a-doodle-doo ones, their breasts as red as fire ones, the sitting on the wire ones") to bugs (the "wing-y ones" and the "sting-y ones") to cows and people, different children sing the praises of their favorites. When the text moves to people, the verse is a little more awkward: "And here's to you! The You Person! You!" In the illustration, the people are just standing around in a wooded glade rather than demonstrating the attributes described ("Here's to the sweet you, the messy and the neat you, the funny-way-you-eat you"), so they are much less interesting than the other animals depicted earlier in the book. 2004, Candlewick, Ages 3 to 6.
—Dr. Judy Rowen