Follow the Leader


Follow me walking.

Hop when I hop.

Skip when I'm skipping.

Stop when I stop.

Follow the leader is fun! Who doesn't love to hop and skip and trot and squat and leap behind the leader? Who doesn't love to be the leader? Welcome to Erica Silverman's clever game. As one child follows another and longs for a turn to lead, readers will share all ...

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Follow me walking.

Hop when I hop.

Skip when I'm skipping.

Stop when I stop.

Follow the leader is fun! Who doesn't love to hop and skip and trot and squat and leap behind the leader? Who doesn't love to be the leader? Welcome to Erica Silverman's clever game. As one child follows another and longs for a turn to lead, readers will share all the joy of their exuberant play -- and its occasional frustration, too. G. Brian Karas's bold, brilliant pictures feature endearing boys who make the game truly enchanting.

Erica Silverman is the author of Raisel's Riddle, illustrated by Susan Gaber; The Halloween House, illustrated by Jon Agee; and other children's books. She lives in Los Angeles, California. G. Brian Karas has written and illustrated numerous books, including Home on the Bayou: A Cowboys Story and The Windy Day. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

A boy guides his younger brother through a game of follow the leader--until the little one insists on reversing roles.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What child doesn't enjoy playing an imaginative, adventuresome game of follow the leader? In this romp through children's playland, two boys in pajamas trot like ponies, flap like eagles and swing like monkeys, with the younger child diligently following behind his older sibling. But eventually, the thrill of following wears thin and the younger boy longs to be the leader. Readers will hold their breath as the older boy stubbornly holds onto his position of authority, then breathe a sigh of relief when he gives his younger brother a turn. Simple, clever rhymes and brightly-colored pencil illustrations combine to create a valuable lesson about the importance of sharing. 2000, Farrar Straus and Giroux, $15.00. Ages 2 to 6. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A big brother narrates this whimsical game of "Follow the Leader," in which he insists that his little brother does whatever he says. Yet, after enduring several pages of (sometimes literally) jumping through hoops, the younger sibling has had enough. Finally, the older boy agrees to give him a turn as leader, rather than lose his playmate. This simple tale captures both the fun and the tension of sibling relationships. The rhyming verses use lots of actions ("Trot like a pony./Squat like a frog./Leap like a rabbit over this log"), making this an ideal choice for storytime. Karas's trademark scratchy illustrations make good use of simple lines to convey the characters' feelings (the determinedly mischievous look on the younger brother's face as he sneaks off leaves no doubt as to what he is up to). In addition, the illustrations work with the text to honor a child's sense of play. For instance, the picture for "Like an acrobat, balance. Oops! Careful, don't fall" shows the boys balancing tenuously on a piece of string laid across the floor. A pleasing romp that will find a home in any collection.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The classic child's game of follow-the-leader springs to life in a convivial tale of sibling play. Inside on a snowy day, two brothers frolic through the house, letting their imaginations soar as they enact the creative commands of the eldest. Together they hop about imitating various animals, do handstands, twirl, juggle imaginary objects, and much more. Silverman's (Raisel's Riddle, 1999, etc.) bouncy rhymes capture the energy of the siblings as they bound through the game. "Climb up the jungle gym. Dangle. Then jump. Sit on a swing and pump, pump, pump, pump!" She adeptly conveys the nuances of sibling relationships and rivalry—from the preemptory tone of the older brother to the younger one's attempts at independence. Underneath the play is a message about taking turns—with the older brother eventually, gracefully conceding his leader status to his younger sibling. The illustrations of the round-headed brothers have an appealing cartoon-like quality to them and are a perfect venue for the humorous tale. Karas's (High-Rise Private Eyes, p. 964, etc.) vivacious, full-color drawings combine the twosome's flights of fancy with their pragmatic, homemade props—e.g., a trio of stuffed animals becomes a circus menagerie, and a white polka-dot quilt transforms a hodgepodge pile of objects into a snow-covered ski slope. The possibilities are limitless in this imaginative romp, which will have readers eagerly anticipating their own follow-the-leader adventures. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613845854
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Format: Library Binding

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