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Mary Wore Her Red Dress and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers
     

Mary Wore Her Red Dress and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers

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by Merle Peek (Illustrator)
 

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On Katy's birthday, all of her animal friends come to the party dressed in clothes of different colors. "A clever extension of a classic American folk song that will be a boon to youngsters' language development." -- School Library Journal

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On Katy's birthday, all of her animal friends come to the party dressed in clothes of different colors. "A clever extension of a classic American folk song that will be a boon to youngsters' language development." -- School Library Journal

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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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"A clever extension of a classic American folk song that will be a boon to youngsters' language development." School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899193243
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
07/03/1985
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 8.87(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
"Works as a whimsical, energetic bedtime story." The New York Times

"A clever extension of a classic American folk song that will be a boon to youngsters' language development." School Library Journal

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 (1933-2016) was the author of more than twenty critically acclaimed books for young people. His book The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler received the Robert F. Sibert Award for Informational Books.

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