Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyPW called Melissa Sweet's Fiddle-I-Fee an "ebullient take on a familiar nursery song," now built to endure for youngest music-lovers. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's LiteratureWith soft hues and lively farm animals, Sweet brings a traditional folk song to life. This board book edition, showing a toddler feeding and gathering up the animals, is just right for the intended audience. The text is divided in such a way that young children can participate by providing the names of the animals. As each new verse is read (or sung), the new animal is pictured by itself on a page. The animal for the next verse is visible, or partially visible, on the edge of the right-hand side page, thus lending itself to predicting what comes next, and also logically following the story from left to right. Because of the small size of the book, some of these animals are quite small. However, that never seems to be a problem for keen-eyed preschoolers. The animals and the child move jauntily along as if in tune to the song. Of course, all the while the cat is seen playing the fiddle. The final scene of the farmer, his wife and their two children enjoying a chaotic party with the animals at the table will elicit giggles from the readers. Delightful. 2002 (orig.1992), Megan Tingley Books/Little Brown,
- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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- Product dimensions:
- 6.38(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.60(d)
- Age Range:
- 1 - 5 Years
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Melissa Sweet is the illustrator of Love and Kisses and Bats Around the Clock.
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