It's a beautiful spring day, inspiring the denizens of farm, field and forest to offer up their full-throated version of the title greeting. "The Cow said, 'Moo,' " proclaims the text opposite a mild-mannered, sloe-eyed cow, her hide glowing with marker-like striations of peach, pink and brown. Like the other nine animals featured, the cow is portrayed in a stylized setting that's positively Edenic, filled with a rainbow of flowers, turquoise water and plump, leafy trees. Lobel (Alison's Zinnia) doesn't seem to be aiming for a realistic approximation of the sun's transit-in fact, the sky backdrop for the horse portrait ("Neigh") is an improbable but utterly fetching pink (all the better to set off the gray of the horse's coat). The sun remains a radiant orange ball in an upper corner of each image until the final pages, when it exits dramatically to make room for the moon (here Lobel cues a handsomely dappled owl). The luxuriantly hued, playfully textured portraits will rivet preschoolers and invite them to make animal sounds of their own; the minimal text, set in big, friendly type, may also encourage some simple word recognition. It's a familiar, basic idea, but Lobel makes it as fresh as a morning in May. Ages up to 3. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
What will baby's first word be?
Spend a day in the country with Anita Lobel's friendly animals.
Meow. Woof. Moo! Whoo! Baby will be talking in no time!
Very few children in the last few decades have not delighted at one time or another in one of Anita Lobel's wonderful creations. As was true for Alison's Zinnias, the text is very simple and familiar but is enriched by the illustrations. Here, each spread has a richly colored picture of a domestic creature saying what it says, be it "moo," "woof," or "baa." Each sound is printed in large type that will build early alphabetic awareness. This book will be a wonderful addition to preschool classroom units about farm life. But there is another progression to be discovered in the illustrations--the rosy sky on the title page turns into a rising sun and then the sun moves across the sky until it sets and the book ends with a full moon and Good Night. With any luck Hello, Day will become a board book that infants and toddlers can enjoy. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
PreS- When the sun rises, familiar farm animals greet the dawn in their own ways. Naturally, "The rooster said, Cock-a-doodle-doo!'" He is followed by nine others who make their respective greetings. "What they all meant was, 'Hello, day!'" As the sun sets, only an owl "whoo-ooos" to say, "Good night." The layout is straightforward and consistent. A full-page illustration faces the text. Each line of text follows the same pattern as the rooster. Using a combination of materials, Lobel has created "folksy" yet realistic pictures. Each animal stands in a colorful field or garden with the sun shining brightly. Babies will be attracted to the many vivid colors, while toddlers will readily identify the familiar animals and their sounds. The old-fashioned simplicity makes this a great first book, and the repetition and large pictures make it a perfect choice for storytimes.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OHCopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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- 3 Months to 4 Years
Meet the Author
Anita Lobel's name is synonymous with the best in children's literature. She is the creator of such classics as Alison's Zinnia and Away from Home, and she received a Caldecott Honor for her illustrations in On Market Street. She is the creator of two books about her cat, Nini, One Lighthouse, One Moon (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), and Nini Here and There. Her childhood memoir, No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Anita Lobel lives in New York City.
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