Coconut Comes to School

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Coconut comes to school every day. HEE-HAW! Coconut canters across the school meadow. Her hooves go TRIT TROT! Her ears go FLIP FLOP, FLIP FLOP! Her tail goes SWISH as she flicks at the flies. "Coconut's here!" the children laugh.
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Overview

Coconut comes to school every day. HEE-HAW! Coconut canters across the school meadow. Her hooves go TRIT TROT! Her ears go FLIP FLOP, FLIP FLOP! Her tail goes SWISH as she flicks at the flies. "Coconut's here!" the children laugh.
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With a tone as peaceful as the English countryside it depicts, Doherty's (Daughter of the Sea) tale also sports the elements of a frisky read-aloud. Coconut, a donkey, comes to school every day with Mrs. Pie, the school's free-spirited cook. Bates uses a soft palette of what appear to be pastels and watercolors to illustrate the bucolic descriptions: "Hee-haw! Coconut's hooves/ snap twigs in the bluebell woods./ The squirrels peer from trees./ In the school across the fields/ the children are listening." While the students thrill to his arrival, the grumpy teacher, Mr. Clapper, lures Coconut back to the woods with carrots, and tumbles down a ditch and injures his ankle. When he hears "the best sound in the world. Trit, trot... hee-haw," Mr. Clapper's perspective shifts: "You're going to save me! Nice Coconut!" After the donkey conveys the teacher back to the school, his attendance is mandatory. The expected ending is as welcome as the gently paced storytelling, which evokes an earlier era, when perhaps a donkey would wait patiently outside a stone cottage-style school in the woods. Listeners will also enjoy the abundance of sound effects: "flip flap" ears, "swish swoosh" tails and more. Bates's (Grandma Elephant's in Charge, reviewed below) straightforward but appealing illustrations capture the story's old-fashioned spirit and the forbidden pleasure of bringing pets to school. Ages 4-7. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Coconut the donkey comes to school each day with Mrs. Pie, the cook. When the children hear her familiar trit-trot, they rush to the window to greet her, annoying their teacher, Mr. Clapper. He decides to end the distraction by luring Coconut into the woods with carrots, where Mrs. Pie will find the creature on her way home. However, while doing so, he falls into a ditch, and it is Coconut who comes to the rescue. After this, the donkey continues her daily pilgrimage to school, now welcomed by all. The story is a simple one, but Doherty enhances it considerably with her tightly written text that is rich in gentle, bucolic imagery. Storyhour groups will enjoy joining in on the many onomatopoeic noises emanating from the animal as she trits and trots, swishes her tail, chomps, and hee-haws. Bates's sun-washed and cheerful watercolors reinforce the warmth of the story and add touches of humor. This is a pleasant if not essential purchase.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007104345
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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