Mary Wore Her Red Dress and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers

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On Katy's birthday, all of her animal friends come to the party dressed in clothes of different colors.

Each of Katy Bear's animal friends wears a different color of clothing to her birthday party.

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Overview

On Katy's birthday, all of her animal friends come to the party dressed in clothes of different colors.

Each of Katy Bear's animal friends wears a different color of clothing to her birthday party.

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"A clever extension of a classic American folk song that will be a boon to youngsters' language development." School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Peek appends a note about his version of the Texas folk song, along with invitations for children to make up their own lines to sing when they master the easy musical arrangement appended. Starting with dandy black-and-white drawings of a woodland, Peek gradually builds up to full-color illustrations of a gala occasion. Flashes of red and green show up first when Mary Squirrel and Henry Raccoon meet on the way to Kate Bear's birthday party. The revelry at the gathering is heightened by Kate's yellow sweater, the blue, purple, orange, etc., in the guests' costumes. Standout details include the Bears' formal garden in bloom, status-symbol house furnishing (marble statues of twin bears flank the fireplace and support the mantel), imposing birthday cake et al. The towering confection is an uncommon treat; so is the book.(37)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
According to Merle Peek, the adapter/illustrator, this folk song originated in Texas. The version presented in this board book tells of Katy's birthday when all of her friends gather to celebrate. As each item of clothing is introduced, color is added to the picture. By the time guests arrive at the party, the pictures are full of color and reverberate with partygoers having a great time. The book comes full cycle when party girl Katy goes to bed wearing her pink hat, the only spot of color in a darkened room. The music and lyrics are reprised at the end of the book. 1998 orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899197012
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1988
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 222,743
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Merle Peek is a free-lance illustrator who lives in Denver, Colorado. He received his BFA degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and enjoys ice-dancing and riding roller coasters as well as illustrating children's books.


James Cross Giblin is the author of more than 20 critically acclaimed books for young people. One of his recent books for Clarion, The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler, received the Robert F. Sibert Award for Informational Books. Mr. Giblin lives in New York City.

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