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Louella Mae, She's Run Away!
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Louella Mae, She's Run Away!

by Karen Beaumont Alarcon, Rosanne Litzinger (Illustrator)
 

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A playful story with a surprise ending!

"Louella Mae,
she's run away!
Look in the cornfields!
Look in the hay!
Where, oh where, is Louella Mae?"

Louella Mae is missing and everyone on the farm is frantically trying to find her. In the hay, in the well, in the barn: she is nowhere to be found. But there's a

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A playful story with a surprise ending!

"Louella Mae,
she's run away!
Look in the cornfields!
Look in the hay!
Where, oh where, is Louella Mae?"

Louella Mae is missing and everyone on the farm is frantically trying to find her. In the hay, in the well, in the barn: she is nowhere to be found. But there's a surprise in store at the end of the book when we find that Louella Mae is . . . a pig, who just had piglets!

Wonderful illustrations and playful humor make this book perfect for reading aloud. Its rhythm, rhyme, and sense of fun make it just right for preschoolers.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A light-hearted, fetching story told in rollicking verse.” —The Horn Book, starred review

“Savvy bookmaking turns this energetic barnyard romp into a fun guessing game.” —Booklist

“The search is on all over the farm: Grandma and Grandpa, uncles and aunts, cat and dog can't find Louella Mae.... They return home--and there is Louella Mae, asleep in the tub with her five brand-new piglets. A light-hearted, fetching story told in rollicking verse.” —The Horn Book, starred review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Where is Louella Mae? Everyone on the farm wants to know, so they launch a massive, rhyming search that builds in funny freneticism with every turn of the page. In fact, page-turning is an instrumental part of the book, since that's how each one of Louella Mae's possible hiding places is revealed; turning the penultimate page discloses not only where Louella Mae is, but what she is as well: a pig. First-time author Alarcn gleefully captures the cadences of country talk, which will prompt those reading aloud to put on their best hillbilly accent: "Run tell the neighbors/ and y'all give a yell/ 'fore she wanders off yonder/ and falls in the...[turning the page]...well." Litzinger (The Someday House) conjures up dumpling-shaped, totemic-looking figures who are dwarfed by rows of corn and seem only a head or two taller than their ducks and chickens. The stylized scale and the action-filled scenes gleefully evoke the feverish anxiety of the characters. The artist powerfully wields the deep earth tones and subtle gradations of her watercolor palette (a vignette depicting the sun setting behind a range of mountains is particularly striking), producing a sophisticated look that wittily complements the hill-folks setting. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
Publishers Weekly
Picture Book REPRINTS LOUELLA MAE, SHE'S RUN AWAY! Karen Beaumont Alarcun, illus. by Rosanne Litzinger. Holtowlet, $6.95 ISBN 0-8050-6830-9. Where is Louella Mae? Everyone on the farm wants to know, so they launch a massive, rhyming search that builds in funny freneticism with every turn of the page, wrote PW. Ages 2-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
Litzinger, who also illustrated the hilarious Sing Sophie!, does an equally fine job with Louella Mae. Of course, she once again has an ultra-funny story line to work with in Alarcón's rhythmic text. Litzinger uses watercolor with color pencils and black-ink lines to depict a frantic family searching the vast expanse of their farm and nearby neighborhood in effort to find the missing Louella Mae. Each page encourages readers to predict where the family will search next. As night falls, the search comes to a surprising, happy end. Louella Mae is safe, sound and oblivious to the family's frenzied search. A terrific book to read aloud.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Everyone is looking for the missing Louella Mae. Men, women, and children all join in the search as they scour the cornfields, the barn, the woods, and the hillsides. The day passes, and when the dejected group returns home at nightfall, they find Louella Mae, a mama pig, sleeping in a tub with a litter of babies. This little escapade is engagingly written in verse, with the rhythm and rhyming scheme established in the first few pages. Thereafter, young audiences are prompted to supply the ending rhyme for each pair of couplets. The preschool set and kindergarteners love interactive poetry and are bound to ask for this book again and again. The simple text is also suitable for beginning readers. Litzinger combines watercolor and pencil for her cartoon illustrations. They are depicted in softly muted colors and convey a pleasingly warm and lighthearted mood.Ruth Semrau, formerly at Lovejoy School, Allen, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805068306
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.03(w) x 9.97(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Karen Beaumont Alarcón has taught a whole range of ages. Her youngest student was in preschool and her oldest, so far, has been 109 1/2 years old. She lives on a ranch in San Martin, California, with her children and a variety of animals.

Rosanne Litzinger illustrated and stapled together her first book when she was three years old. It was entitled A Day in the Life of My Uncle Fred and started with his breakfast. She has since illustrated numerous picture books, including her recent While You Were Chasing a Hat, by Lilian Moore. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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