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Children's Literature
The wind blowing through the barn sets off a chain reaction of sneezing beginning with cow's "Moo-CHOO. Moo-CHOO." As each animal sneezes something in the barn is disturbed, causing another animal to add a "CHOO" to its familiar sound. Even the newborn chick coming out of the egg exclaims, "Peep-CHOO. Peep-CHOO." All of this commotion rouses Sue from her sleeping and causes her to go to the barn. Still in her bathrobe, she prepares hot tea and serves it to the animals in various size cups. They are cured, but Sue closes the book with "Aah-CHOO. Aah-CHOO." The full-color illustrations fill the pages with humor and will delight young children, who will soon catch on to the pattern and will be reading along. 2002, Boyds Mills Press,
— Phyllis Kennemer
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A nighttime gust of wind sets off a chain reaction through a barn full of animals. The unimaginative text that follows begins with a sneezing cow: "'Moo-CHOO. Moo-CHOO.' The hay blew. Pig awoke. 'Oink-CHOO. Oink-CHOO.' She tripped and fell on Horse's shoe." Eventually the sounds wake young Sue, who decides "Some tea might do!" She cures the animals, but the story ends with her sneezing. Amateurish illustrations that look like crayon drawings fail to show movement, and the animals are stiffly rendered. The only artistic indication of a sneeze is in the form of thick white lines radiating from their mouths. The spreads are poorly designed, often blending together at the gutter in a confusing way that makes two separate scenes appear like one. Stick with Lynn Downey's The Flea's Sneeze (Holt, 2000), Ruth Brown's The Big Sneeze (Morrow, 1997) or Patricia Thomas's Stand Back, Said the Elephant, I'm Going to Sneeze (Lothrop, 1990) and skip this one.-Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563979484
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,430,365
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2002

    Barn Sneeze adored by group of school kids

    We think 'Barn Sneeze' is great. Some friends and I hosted a group of disabled children and their healthy siblings at a petting farm. 'Barn Sneeze' was read to children ages 5 through 10. It was universally appreciated. The bold, beautiful, vibrant drawings kept childrens' attention, especially images of the animals sneezing. Smiles were everywhere; great giggling erupted when the text vocalized 'Peep-CHOO' or 'Squeak-CHOO.' The adults were impressed with Ms. Winnick's story line, which was perfect for little ones through 3rd grade. The setting up of a simple problem - sneezing animals - with an equally simple solution - warm tea, is quite comforting to children. In a confusing, violent world such as ours, children need to learn about the pure pleasure of enjoying animals and caring for them. Each child, disabled and healthy, and each adult, enjoyed reading a sweet story where everybody lived happily ever after.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2002

    My students loved this book!

    Our preschool class was laughing aloud as we went from animal to animal, mimicking the sounds of their sneezes. It is also a good learning tool to reinforce the names of familiar barnyard animals and the sounds they are known to make. A fun and silly book that provides an easy read for teachers and parents.

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