Is There Room on the Feather Bed?by Libba Moore Gray, Nadine Bernard Westcott (Illustrator)
This spirited cumulative tale tells what happens when the rains come and, one by one, a green-headed goose, a yellow-billed duck, woolly white sheep, speckled black hen, fat pink pig, furry brown dog, orange-spotted cow, and grinning gray cat come knocking at the door of a wee fat woman and her wee fat husband. Full color.
A "wee fat man and a wee fat woman" live in a "teeny, tiny house at the bottom of a great green hill." Their extended family includes eight animals: a goose, a duck, a sheep, a hen, a pig, a dog, a cow, and a cat. A plump skunk tries to join in, but the animals keep their distance. When a rainstorm blows up one night, animal after animal, two by two, beg admittance to the house: "Honk honk honk,/Quack quack quack,/the rain is pouring/on our feathered backs." The woman is welcoming: "Why, bless your hearts,/such a noise, such a fuss./There's room on the feather bed/for all of us." The pages become more crowded with hilarious, eye-popping details until the moment when the skunk is admitted to the bed by the drowsy hostess. The result is satisfyingly predictable, making the book a lesson in tolerance disguised as a potential story-hour favorite.
- Scholastic, Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 11.16(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 2 - 6 Years
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