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I Heard Said the Bird

I Heard Said the Bird

by Polly Berrien Berends, Polly Berrien Berends, Brad Sneed
     
 

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"I heard," said the bird, "that there's a NEW ONE coming." The barnyard is bustling with the news. But what is the "new one" going to be? Is it a duckling? Or a piglet? Rhyming text and lively pictures combine to create a charming barnyard tale with a gentle surprise at the end. "This upbeat book is perfect for children anticipating the birth of a 'new one' in

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"I heard," said the bird, "that there's a NEW ONE coming." The barnyard is bustling with the news. But what is the "new one" going to be? Is it a duckling? Or a piglet? Rhyming text and lively pictures combine to create a charming barnyard tale with a gentle surprise at the end. "This upbeat book is perfect for children anticipating the birth of a 'new one' in their own homes."-- Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Thanks to what the bird heard, the barnyard is all a-flutter with the rumor of a ``new one." But the bird has only half the story: she doesn't know exactly what or who the ``new one'' is. Even after polling one another the farm menagerie has no clue. Just as the cow, mare, duck, hare, pig and mouse begin to doubt the bird, a boy comes from the house to settle the matter. Then, "very quietly, they all tiptoed to the window and looked inside. `It's a new baby,' the little boy whispered." Only the most hardened neigh-sayers will fail to delight in Berends's rhyming dialogue: no animal sounds here, just bouncy, anthropomorphic discourse: "`How?' said the cow. `When?' said the hen. `Where?' said the mare.'' Sneed's (When the Fly Flew In; Turkey in the Straw) luminous watercolors feature animals caught in gleeful gestures from arresting perspectives. An entertaining take on "a little birdie told me," this upbeat book is perfect for children anticipating the birth of a ``new one'' in their own homes. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A delight for the ear and eye, Berends has created a read-aloud with a mystery. Even though the answer is revealed at the end, it won't deter youngsters from asking for it to be read over and over, and then chiming in where appropriate. The rhyme is rollicking fun. The wonderful expressions on the animal's faces are conveyed in the big bold two page illustrations.
School Library Journal
PreS-KRumors fill the barnyard as the animals try to figure out who the ``NEW ONE'' at the farm will be. Finally, a little boy solves the problem by taking them to meet his baby brother. Sneed's wonderful watercolors will attract and hold viewers' attention. The fact that his humans are not as appealing as his animals doesn't matter much, because people appear much less frequently, and the attractive creatures are shown on those pages as well. Unfortunately, Berends's text falls far short of Sneed's visual achievements. Alternating between repetition and short, choppy rhyme, it doesn't go anywhere and stops abruptly after the animals meet the infant. It's going to take a particularly enthusiastic and energetic reader to move the narrative along so that youngsters have a chance to enjoy the illustrations.Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Ellen Mandel
Curiosity and eager anticipation exude from the wide eyes, alert ears, craning necks, and outstretched whiskers of the barnyard animals. What is the cause of their excitement? Bird has announced that a "new one" is coming, and the animals are trying to determine whose "new one" it will be. Sneed's heartily colored, inquisitive animals loom large on the pages as they question one another--sometimes in lilting rhymes--about the expected newcomer. But each critter from pig to hare to mouse to mare denies that the new one is its. Aroused by the barnyard commotion, a boy approaches and confirms the arrival, then leads the animals to the farm house window where they peek in and see the new baby born to the farmer and his wife. From the expressive animals to the realistic features of the infant and big brother, Sneed's watercolors steal the show, embroidering the heralding of a new birth with humor and exuberance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803712232
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.94(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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