CriticasPreS-Gr 2-In this brief tale built around eight rhyming couplets, young readers and listeners encounter a series of farm animals-a cow, sheep, pig, and so forth-all in the wrong place. In each case, readers are told where an animal ought to be and then asked what can be done to get it there. The solution is simple and pleasing-call them all to supper, and they will quickly return to their turf. The Q&A format allows the audience to think about the problem before presenting the solution. Beaton has created vivid and toylike illustrations by sewing cut cloth onto fabric backgrounds. The charming pictures that result resemble stuffed animals and old-style felt board presentations. The tale's simplicity and brevity, coupled with the lovely illustrations, virtually assure the title's popularity in libraries and bookstores alike.
Coop Renner, Blackshear Elementary, Austin, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.