Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

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Children's Literature - Susan Borges
Toddlers and very young readers will delight in this darling book which uses a familiar and beloved nursery rhyme song to tell the sweet story of a day in the life of two adorable puppies. From early morning to the end of the day two cute black and white spotted pups sing their way through their routine which begins with waking up, includes dressing, marching to school, and playing after school, and concludes with settling into bed on a cold and frosty evening. On each adorably illustrated page the playful puppies describe what they are doing by chanting about each activity to the tune of "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush." Young children will love the colorful, detailed illustrations and they will be excited to find familiar objects on each page such as rubber ducks in the soapy bathtub, and cherished stuffed animals tucked into the puppies' beds. The bright whimsical illustrations and the familiar, large print, repetitive text will make this book a favorite for young readers as a story to be enjoyed independently or with an adult reading partner. Reviewer: Susan Borges
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Cabrera has rewritten the classic children's song to describe the antics of two black-and-white spotted puppies as they wake up on a cold and frosty late-autumn morning, go to school, and play at home before settling down to bed in the evening. Each verse is pictured in a full-bleed spread in the artist's trademark palette of bright, swirly colors and thick-lined stuffed-animal-looking characters. The bright endpapers cheerfully depict the puppies' toys. Other versions of this song include Iza Trapani's tale about animals raiding food from a garden and a multicultural sing-along story by Sophie Fatus and Fred Penner. An additional choice for libraries needing another "How we go to school" song for preschool storytimes.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Cabrera adapts another nursery rhyme and singing game into sprightly picture-book format for the toddler and preschool set (One, Two, Buckle My Shoe, 2009, etc.). The well-known rhyme is expanded to follow two Dalmatian pups and their mother as they get up, get ready for school, play, learn, play some more and prepare for bed. Each dog has a simple identifying feature: Mom has eyelashes, older pup has a black circle around his eye and young pup is small. Young readers will enjoy the vibrant hues, outlined in black, used to paint the familiar everyday activities described in the text: "This is the way we brush our teeth... This is the way we march to school... This is the way we read and write... This is the way we splash around... This is the way we settle down." For those tempted to sing along, the added syllable in the verses that end, "On a cold and frosty afternoon," is a bit clunky, but this is a slight issue in an otherwise smooth title. Sure to be equally successful for one-on-one sharing and storytime groups. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823422883
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 366,987
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Fun and Classic

    I love Jane Cabrera's take on this classic children's song. My two-year-old acts out the song as my five-month-old watches in delight.

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