Millie Wants to Play

Millie Wants to Play

by Janet Pedersen
     
 

Millie the knobby-kneed calf is anxious to play — but her friends are in need of rousing — in this enticing new read-aloud from the creator of MILLIE IN THE MEADOW.

Millie is up with the sun and ready to play! But all her barnyard friends are still asleep. So Millie must wait patiently for that loud rise-and-shine sound that means . . . time to

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Millie the knobby-kneed calf is anxious to play — but her friends are in need of rousing — in this enticing new read-aloud from the creator of MILLIE IN THE MEADOW.

Millie is up with the sun and ready to play! But all her barnyard friends are still asleep. So Millie must wait patiently for that loud rise-and-shine sound that means . . . time to play! Janet Pedersen’s cheery animals and delicious bright colors are guaranteed to put little listeners in a good moooooooooo-d and have them eagerly guessing which of Millie’s pals will wake up next.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Readers can identify awakening animals along with the title character in Millie Wants to Play! by Janet Pedersen, first introduced in Millie in the Meadow. As the bovine star awaits the rooster's cry, other animal noises fill the barnyard. "That's not the rise-and-shine sound, Millie thought.... Sounds like...." Children should relish the chance to guess the answer along with Millie, as she buoyantly proclaims the answer on the following page. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Millie is a lovable cow who lives on a farm with many other friendly animals. No matter how early in the morning it is, she is ready to start having fun and enjoying her day. But she waits patiently for the right time when the rise-and-shine sound fills the air, clueing the whole farm to wake up. Soft watercolors outlined in ink support the gentle tone of the story, which is perfect for reading out loud to children after they wake up from a good nap. All of the animals make their sounds, and so youngsters will have fun watching Millie anticipate the official wake-up call as the sheep baas, the horse neighs, and the pig oinks. With each new sound, Millie ponders who could be making all the noise until the rise-and-shine sound finally rings through the barn. This adorable character is also featured in Pedersen's Millie in the Meadow. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 3 to 5.
—Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Millie, a young cow, waits impatiently for the "rise-and-shine sound" that means it's time to play. Before long, she hears a "Baaaa" and feels sure that the noise is too "low and ripply" to be the rooster. A turn of the page reveals a lamb that is also ready to go. A pig and a pony join the two early risers before they finally hear the "Cock-a-doodle-doooooo" that signals the beginning of the day. Done in gouache, watercolor, crayon, and pen, the colorful cartoon illustrations are filled with movement and reflect the excitement of the text. Outlined in thick black lines, the animals stand out neatly against the looser, pastel-colored backgrounds. Millie is shown with gangly legs and exuberant features. After hearing each animal sound, young readers will want to guess which creature is coming next. A delightful read for one-on-one sharing or for storytime.-Donna Marie Wagner, Exeter Community Library, Reading, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Millie the calf wants to play, but it's very early in the morning. She has to wait for the "rise-and-shine sound," but no one else is up. She hears a "Baaaa!" That's not the rise-and-shine sound; it's Lamb! Then there's an "Oink. Snuffle. Oink. Oink!" Nope, that's Pig! Through a course of animal noises she goes, until she hears rooster's call. Millie can't hold in her "Moooooooo!" of excitement calling everyone to play. As she did in Millie in the Meadow, Pedersen's knock-kneed naif explores her farm environment, once again identifying her friends by sound instead of sight. Pedersen's watercolor-and-crayon illustrations are as sweet and expressive as Millie's outing. Toddlers will be glad to play along. (Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763619930
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.36(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, including the first book about lovable Millie, MILLIE IN THE MEADOW. Of this book she says, "I was inspired to write this story while I was watching my son try to contain his excitement. Waiting for a treat, a holiday, a play date, or even for his groggy mom and dad to finally wake up can be very difficult to do! That burst of energy and sheer delight- when the moment finally arrives - is what I wanted to portray in MILLIE WANTS TO PLAY!"

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