Heat Wave!

Heat Wave!

by Helen Ketteman, Scott Goto
     
 

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What happens when a heat wave descends on the family farm? Why, the corn stalks turn into popcorn in the fields, flowers pluck themselves and hide under the porch, and the cows jump so much from the hot air that they churn their own milk into butter, that's what! In this delightful tall tale, illustrated by Scott Goto (Shooting Star, Shoeshine Whittaker), a

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What happens when a heat wave descends on the family farm? Why, the corn stalks turn into popcorn in the fields, flowers pluck themselves and hide under the porch, and the cows jump so much from the hot air that they churn their own milk into butter, that's what! In this delightful tall tale, illustrated by Scott Goto (Shooting Star, Shoeshine Whittaker), a young girl saves the day (and the farm) using her own ingenuity, every crow in Kansas, and a packet of lettuce seeds.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Surreal artwork sets a tongue-in-cheek tone for this rollicking original tall tale that would do Paul Bunyan proud. When record temperatures send the mercury shooting "out of the porch thermometer like a rocket," strange things begin to happen on a Kansas farmflowers pull up their roots and high-tail it for the shade beneath the porch; geese fly through a hot cloud and emerge "plucked, stuffed, and roasted," and cornfields release a blizzard of popcorn. Fortunately, the family's quick-witted daughter saves the day, concocting schemes to rescue their harvest (such as milking the cows, who by this time are giving melted butter, and pouring it over the popcorn to sell at a local drive-in theater) and chase the heat away (a crop of iceberg lettuce does the trick). Ketteman's (Bubba, the Cowboy Prince) deadpan delivery heightens the humor, and Goto (Shooting Star) makes hay visually with color-saturated images that play off the intense weather conditions: fire-engine red farm equipment and emerald green crops loom as readers look up from below or through fish-eye and wide-angle lenses. The pop-eyed livestock skates close to the grotesqueparticularly the cows with their bulging eyes and uddersbut manage to carry off the intended caricature. Verbally and visually clever, this is a diverting new addition to the recent crop of over-the-top tales. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5In the style of a rollicking American tall tale, Ketteman spins a story in which things go from bad to worse on a Kansas farm when a Heat Wave hits. Just how hot was it? Hot enough to make the corn pop in the field, causing the hound dog to turn blue (because he thought it was snow, of course) and hot enough so that an unfortunate flock of geese that flew through it came out the other side, all plucked, roasted, and stuffed. Enter the narrator, a quick-thinking young girl whose big brother Hank used to tease that "girls could never be farmers." Her solutions are even more far-fetched than the roasted flock of geese: she bakes a huge loaf of bread to lure in the crows with their great fanning wings; and, when that doesn't work, she plants lettuce to cool the air. Iceberg lettuce. The bold illustrations are incredibly clear and lively and contribute significantly to each scene's general disarray and commotion. Using acrylic, oil, and colored pencils, Goto has created full-page panoramas balanced on the same fine line between reality and fantasy as the story. Younger children will enjoy the prescribed exaggeration and silliness, and older children might well be encouraged to create their own.Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802775771
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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