Millie in the Meadow

Millie in the Meadow

by Janet Pedersen
     
 

Little readers of this sunny picture book will have fun guessing along with Millie whom the artist in the meadow is painting - until the final work of art is revealed.

When an artist comes to the meadow, Millie the knobby-kneed calf watches and guesses as he paints each of her colorful friends - Ladybug, Spider, and Bunny. Will he ever paint a picture of me?

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Little readers of this sunny picture book will have fun guessing along with Millie whom the artist in the meadow is painting - until the final work of art is revealed.

When an artist comes to the meadow, Millie the knobby-kneed calf watches and guesses as he paints each of her colorful friends - Ladybug, Spider, and Bunny. Will he ever paint a picture of me? Millie wonders. Spots . . . skinny legs . . . a swishing tail. It’s Millie! With springlike watercolors and simple, inviting text, Janet Pedersen creates a cheerful story about an innocent and irresistible calf who learns a little about those around her and a lot about herself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This unprepossessing tale of a cow with a toddler attitude teaches animal attributes as it goes along. Millie, a brown-spotted, gangly calf, secretly hopes to be the subject of an artist who shows up in her meadow one day. The painter, however, seems interested in all the meadow's inhabitants but her-which Millie ascertains by comically surveying her body after each new addition to the canvas. "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 skinny legs. That's not me, Millie thought." Pedersen (A Friend Like Ed) depicts the heroine with her head upside down, her wide eyes peering through her own stick-like appendages. (The subject, Millie guesses with a swish of her tail, is one of her friends, a purple spider.) Examining her long string-like tail, she determines that she is not the model for a painted image with "two tall ears and a fluffy white tail," either ("Mooooo! Must be Bunny!"). Still, as muses go, Millie is far from demanding. When she's not checking out the artist's progress, she frolics contentedly in an endearingly na f-styled meadow, the thick ink outlines of her akimbo legs and smiling snout popping out of the crayon-limned, lime-washed hills. Then one day Millie spots something familiar in the painting: "Someone with a white body and brown spots, four legs and a long tail." Not only has she been immortalized, long eyelashes and all-she's the focal point of the painting. "Mooooo! Must be me!" she cheers. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Millie is a knobby-kneed calf who lives in the meadow with her friends Ladybug, Spider, and Bunny. The meadow is such a beautiful setting that an artist comes to visit with an easel, canvas, paint, and brush. The artist paints Millie's friends as she looks on, waiting to see her own image brushed onto the canvas. After patiently watching the artist immortalize Ladybug, Spider, and Bunny, she finally recognizes a happy face on a brown and white body, and it's her. Full-page art throughout this brightly colored book is cartoon-like, and yet the colors are used in ways that mimic an actual watercolor painting. As the artist paints each animal, Millie tries to figure out who it is before the artist is finished. For example, first she sees a red circle with black spots on it, and then she swished her tail and guessed who it was. This book would be appropriate for reading aloud to young children, and would also provide a good opportunity for pointing out details and teaching children how to put clues together. 2003, Candlewick Press,
— Cherie Ilg Haas
Kirkus Reviews
Millie, a cheerful cow, spots an artist setting up his tools in her field. She draws near and wonders, "Maybe he will paint a picture of me?" Like an eager child before a camera, she poses as she provides the clues for each meadow creature the painter brings to the canvas. "First, the artist painted someone with a small red body and black spots. That's not me, Millie thought." Soon distracted by her countryside chums, she leaves the artist to play. He finishes and brings his masterpiece to Millie. This time, she sees her friends surrounding someone with a white body, brown spots, four legs, and a long tail. Millie joyfully deduces the happy creature basking in the center of attention: "Moo! Must be me!" Like Blue's Clues, young readers will enjoy guessing the animals from the descriptions. Also, Pedersen's (Baby for Sale, 2002, etc.) cartoon, very child-like watercolors, lively colors lined in black, personify Millie's curiosity and actions like a pre-school child caught up in her own world. One particular painting shows Millie looking at a bug through her legs briefly forgetting about the artist at work behind her. Picture perfect. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763617257
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Pedersen is a former designer of children’s books who now writes and illustrates her own. Of MILLIE IN THE MEADOW, she says, "When I was growing up, my family and I spent our summers in Tehachapi, California, where we lived and worked on our ranch. I took care of pigs, chickens, and a baby calf I named Lucy. Lucy was just as knobby-kneed and long-lashed as Millie, and she swished her tail just as often! I like to think Lucy was as happy as Millie, playing in the tall grass with her many colorful friends." This is Janet Pedersen’s first book with Candlewick Press. She lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn, New York.

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