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Overview

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.

A terrible Heat Wave descends upon a farm, turning the corn to popcorn and almost cooking the cows, but the girl of the family saves the day.

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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.
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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: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Heat Wave

    This story called Heat Wave is a really funny and incredible story. This story starts out with a family that has a problem at their farm. The problem was that a Heat Wave strucked and a girl gets a lot of ideas so the Heat Wave finished. It turnes out with fried chicken falling from the sky. For example Mama¿s flowers pulled them selves out of the ground. That¿s how hot it was. I think you should buy this book called Heat Wave. You should buy this book because it is really funny. The theme of this story is about funniness¿ and using your brain.You should also buy it because I grantee you that it will make you laugh so much. I hope you buy this book so you can entertain people. You should buy this book called Heat Wave. Also don¿t you hate it when it gets so hot and you don¿t have nothing to do, well the girl in the story solved problems one by one. You won¿t expect what was flying from the sky when you read this story you will find out. How would you act when popcorn starts popping out from the corn field? If you buy it I hope you like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Heat Wave

    Do you think reading is not fun? You¿ll change your mind when you read Heat Wave by Helen Ketteman. The Heat Wave happened on a farm. It became so hot that geese got cooked in the sky. In the story Heat Wave is so hot the mercury blasted out of the thermometer. Everybody should read the book Heat Wave. The book Heat Wave is about a girl trying to solve a big problem. I think the book has a lot of cool things. This book is very good for your child to read. Children will like this fantasy book. You should buy this book because it is interesting. I think the book Heat Wave is so funny. This is the best book ever. Heat Wave is a great story for your kids. Kids will love this book very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Heat Wave

    Have you been attack by the Heat Wave? Heat Wave is by Helen Ketteman. It¿s an interesting story because the flowers pick them selves up. In the story, the dough is as big as the barn. I think the book is funny that they should sale it. The book is great because it has a lot of exciting things. It¿s also silly because popcorn falls from the sky. It¿s funny when the mercury blasted of. The theme is about a hot day. You should read this book because it¿s so funny. If you are a mother you should get the book and read it to your children. If you see this book you should get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Heat Wave

    A flock of goose flew to the sky and they came out roasted. In the book a heat wave hits and a girl try¿s to stop it. The girl defeats it with some lettuce that is actually some iceberg lettuce. When they get out to save what they got the corn starts popping to popcorn. It was amazing when the mercury popped out of the thermometer, because it was so hot. In heat wave I think that it was funny. It has some fiction stuff that made it funny. For example when it is hot the cows start jumping and their milk turn to butter. If you see this book in stores you should buy it. In this amazing book the heat id so hot, the cows almost burn their coat. They have to make sweaters for it. I think this is wonderful. If you see this book in any bookstores you should buy it. Also, if you¿ re a mother you should read it to your children. I recommend this book for your family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Heat Wave

    How can a little girl save the day? You¿ll change your mind when you read Heat Wave by Helen Ketteman. This fiction book tells about a heat wave that they try to solve problem after problem. In heat wave I think that the story is very funny. It has some fiction stuff that is funny. It can be funny when the girl gets stuck in oatmeal and when the geese get roasted. I think everybody can buy book at a bookshop. Everyone will be happy if they read it. It will make you laugh so much that your cheeks hurt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Heat Wave

    If you think this story is really boring? Well you are wrong because when you read the story Heat Wave by Helen Ketterman you will laugh really hard. This little girl is trying to save her farm from the heat wave. But she runs into some trouble. Thankfully she finds a way to stop it. The story is funny and exiting, and also entertaining. I think this story is very weird. It is also a child¿s book that t entertains them. You will think this book is really hilarious. You should buy this book because it is a really good book for your child to have. This book is about some really good stuff to read. It is a really strange book too. You will not fall asleep reading this book. You should run to the store to buy it now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Heat Wave

    How does iceberg lettuce save the day? In the story Heat Wave the author and Illustrator is Helen Ketteman and Scott Goto. For example, Heat Wave is about a little girl who wants to be a farmer but her brother teased her that girls can¿t be farmers when the heat wave hit the girl¿s brother sure changed hi mind. We think that this story is exiting, funny, and cool. We also think many people should but this book in the stores because it is weird, thrilled, and hilarious. We recommend this book to schools so they can read it. Heat Wave is so hot that the corn is popping and when the dog saw it froze and turned blue. People should read this story because they think it¿s very hilarious. Also, because if you are a mother you can read this to your children. They should tell this book to the entire world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Stories can be fun

    Wouldn¿t it be nice if corn started popping? You might like this story after you read Helen Ketteman¿s Heat Wave. Heat wave is about a little girl who tries to cool the Heat Wave down. In the beginning of the story, the little girl¿s brother is always teasing her. At the end, everything in all right. Heat Wave has many things that can be real or fantasy. In this story, some of the things are fantasy and they are realy funny. Some of the things can also happen in real life. One thing that I can tell you is that flowers can¿t pull themselves out of the dirt and look for shade. So that¿s why it is very funny. If you like Heat Wave, I think you should buy it and read it over and over again. It is your choice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Heat Wave

    You¿ll never guess what happened on the farm yesterday? Well, in Heat wave by Helen Ketteman, a heat wave strucked the farm. The farmer family planted iceberg lettuce seeds to stop the heat wave. I like the whole book. Heat wave is so cool that the animals will turn roasted and the world hunger crisis will end. The theme of the book is smarts can solve all the problems. If you went to a book sale I recommend that you buy the Heat wave right away. It is a great book. I promise you, you love it so much you would want to thewhole world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Heat Wave

    When the geese flew threw a yellow cloud ¿BOOM!¿ they turned out plucked, stuffed, and roasted. Also, flowers pull themselves out and went under the porch. In the story Heat Wave, by Helen Ketteman a girl uses her brain to solve the problem. I think Heat Wave is a exciting book because there is a heat wave and it¿s really hot, hot enough to burn everything. It is a very easy book to read. I want you to read it to your whole family. You should get it in the library and start reading it, I hope you will enjoy it because it has a lot of excitement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2006

    Heat Wave

    How can a little girl save the day? This story is by Helen Ketteman and is called Heat Wave. At the end, a little girl stops the heat wave by planting iceburg lettuce. We think that heat wave lovers should read the book. Classmates can read it too. It is a funny story. It has exciting parts like when the geese came out of the sky roasted. The theme is that quick thinkers go a long way. We like the story Heat Wave. Everybody should read the story Heat Wave. The book is awesome. They should sell the book everywhere. It is the best book you¿ll read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2000

    This book is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I loved this book because it was really funny. It was one of the best books I have ever read.

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