The Grumpy Morning

The Grumpy Morning

by Pamela Duncan Edwards
     
 

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With bright watercolor illustrations, this whimsical rhyming story is perfect for reading aloud and imparts a subtle lesson about the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals.

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With bright watercolor illustrations, this whimsical rhyming story is perfect for reading aloud and imparts a subtle lesson about the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
The cow wants to be milked, the horse wants his hay-and the farmer is still asleep in bed. Once she arises and attends to their needs, the animals are less grumpy and peace reigns in the farmyard. Other than the novelty of a female farmer, the story is fairly pedestrian.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1Talk about waking up on the wrong side of the bed! When morning arrives, a cow moos to be milked, a hog squeals for her meal, and a horse neighs for his hay. A dog, a goat, a rabbit, and the rest join in the fray, each with its own special needs. One by one, the animals voice their demands, then queue up and march into their mistress's bedroom. Faced with the grumpy group, the bewildered and sleepy farmer "...opened an eye and said with a cry,/`Is that the time? Oh, my! Oh, my!'" With greetings all around, each member of this farm family is finally cared for and fed. Warm, sun-drenched watercolors in early morning yellows and greens have a fresh and airy look. Simply rendered scenes include just the right amount of detail, including empty food dishes, long morning shadows, and a little barn owl who squeezes into each double-page spread. The simple, rhyming, patterned text begs to be read aloud or alone. A cozy story that is sure to comfort a cranky child and entertain groups.Paula A. Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
When the farmer oversleeps, it's not her alarm clock that awakens her, but a cacophony of grumpy barnyard animals. It starts with the cow, in sore need of milking. She's quickly joined by the famished dog, the starving goat, and the hungry hog. Other animals need breakfast, too. The orange cat even joins the parade in hopes of getting a hug. With all the animals crowded around her, the farmer wakes up to nuzzles and licks. She hurries to do the neglected chores, and completes the discombobulated morning with a big hug for her cat. Labrosse's sunny drawings match Edward's happy rhyme and its amiable female lead; the only aspect that may be off is the titleþthe players are never discontented enough to qualify as really, truly grumpy. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786814343
Publisher:
Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Pamela Duncan Edwards (www.pameladuncanedwards.net) grew up in northern England and now lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband and two sons. Her father wrote children's stories for magazines in England and his love of children's literature was a huge influence on her. Pamela taught preschool for eleven years in England before becoming a children's librarian when she moved to the United States. Because of her teaching background, Pamela's books present early learning concepts and use many literary devices, but also entertain as they teach. She believes laughter is a great learning tool. For more than a decade Pamela has wowed audiences with a wealth of winning tales and continues to inspire young ones to read.

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