The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo

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Here’s a farmyard frolic that will have kids quacking, oinking, and hee-hawing along with a cast of adorable animals. The fun begins when Calf hears Rabbit out in the field mooing—and feels inspired to give a great big BAA. Why? Because he likes the sound! Before long, Lamb, Piglet, Baby Donkey, and all the other creatures on the farm realize they’re not limited to their own language, but can enjoy experimenting with others.
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Overview

Here’s a farmyard frolic that will have kids quacking, oinking, and hee-hawing along with a cast of adorable animals. The fun begins when Calf hears Rabbit out in the field mooing—and feels inspired to give a great big BAA. Why? Because he likes the sound! Before long, Lamb, Piglet, Baby Donkey, and all the other creatures on the farm realize they’re not limited to their own language, but can enjoy experimenting with others.
The cute surprise ending shows that Little Rabbit—who started the delightful chorus by thinking outside the box—still plays by his own rules. Thanks to Jonathan Allen’s wonderful illustrations and engaging join-in text, this will become a favorite that kids will read again and again.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gail C. Krause
Little rabbit sits in a farmer's field mooing like a cow. A baby calf approaches him, questioning his choice of sound. And so the merry mimickery starts as different baby animals join the group. First, they question why the barnyard babies are making "their" sound instead of their own. Little rabbit and his friends explain why, and the new animals willingly join in the fun. A funny, surprise ending ties the story together. Both children and adult readers appreciate the humor. Each animal sound is bolded and shown in very large print encircled by a speaker's bubble, enabling preschool children and young readers to recognize and words physically and phonetically. The layout encourages children to shout out the animal sound as the story is read orally. With its large size and simple illustrations, this book makes an excellent participatory story for nursery school and day care settings. Reviewer: Gail C. Krause
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- Little Rabbit likes to say "moo," because rabbits don't have a big noise. The little creature also likes to say "baa," "oink," "hee-haw," and "quack," and gets the other young farm animals to join the refrain until a surprise ending reveals the bunny's favorite sound. The illustrations are large, uncluttered, simple, and bold, made of black lines and computer air-brushed color. While Little Rabbit is not as cute as Allen's Baby Owl in I'm Not Cute! (Boxer, 2005), its facial expressions create an endearing character. With its large print and natural repetition, this cumulative tale will be useful for building early literacy skills. Pair it with Denise Fleming's The Cow Who Clucked (Holt, 2006) and Jules Feiffer's Bark, George (HarperCollins, 1999) for a rousing farmyard group session featuring animals that have the wrong voice.-Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada

Kirkus Reviews
Allen's big, simple pictures of smiling farm animals give this invitation to a collective Moo-Along unusual appeal. Because "rabbits don't have a big noise," Little Rabbit belts out a "MOO." This draws Calf, who asks if Rabbit has any other noises. The two proceed to "BAAA" until Lamb comes along-whereupon the three snort "OINK OINK OINK." In the illustrations, the sounds take up more and more space as the chorus swells; even very young audiences will pick up on the simple pattern quickly and be ready to join in as successive creatures appear. In the end, all decide that they like their own sounds best-except for Little Rabbit, who signals a continuing exploration of alternate voices with a mighty "WOOF!" Tales of animals with lost or mixed-up calls aren't exactly rare on library shelves-Ivor Baddiel's Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack! (2007), illustrated by Allie Busby, is just one of several recent examples-but this one is a particularly crowd-pleasing iteration. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905417780
  • Publisher: Boxer Books
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 381,903
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen has created many wonderful picture books for children, and his international success is based on his observant wit, appealing art, and childlike sense of fun. He lives happily in a quiet village in Cambridgeshire, England.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Cute book for little ones

    We read this book to our infant. The illustrations hold his interest, and the animal sounds that we make are fun for him too. It is short enough that he doesn't get bored and look for something else to do.

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