Minerva Louise at School

Minerva Louise at School

by Janet Morgan Stoeke, Janet Morgan Stoeke
     
 

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Out for an early morning walk, Minerva Louise the hen sees a big, fancy "barn" with a flag out front and brightly decorated windows. She just has to explore the "stalls" with "milking stools," the "pigpen," and (most important for a hen) the "nesting boxes." Young children--who know a school when they see one--will delight in the intrepid hen's third birdbrained… See more details below

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Out for an early morning walk, Minerva Louise the hen sees a big, fancy "barn" with a flag out front and brightly decorated windows. She just has to explore the "stalls" with "milking stools," the "pigpen," and (most important for a hen) the "nesting boxes." Young children--who know a school when they see one--will delight in the intrepid hen's third birdbrained adventure.<P>"Delightful...Minerva Louise's goofy perceptions and enterprising spirit are sure to tickle preschoolers." --<i>Kirkus Reviews</i><P>* A Picture Puffin <br>* Full-color illustrations<br>* 24 pages<br>* 10 x 8<br>* Ages 2-6

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Minerva Louise might be reckoned an Amelia Bedelia of the animal world. Here the curious hen mistakes a school for a barn, a janitor for a farmer and a baseball for an egg. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Minerva Louise makes a third appearance here in a story that will delight her numerous fans. This time the chatty chicken wanders into a red school building, thinking it is a fancy barn. She mistakenly identifies stalls (classrooms), milking stools (story-time seats), nesting boxes (children's cubbies), and even a nest with an egg (baseball glove with a ball). She hurries home with new decorating ideas, comfortably settling down amidst a hose, seed packets, pencil, and even winter mittens. This is a picture book with a minimum of words for maximum appeal. Stoekes's vibrant, happy illustrations fill the pages with humor and excitement. The bright primary colors are a perfect foil for this goofy, lumpy white hen. Another winner for preschoolers and beginning readers alike.Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Carolyn Phelan
Minerva Louise the hen wanders away from the farm and explores a nearby school. Interpreting everything according to her own experience, she looks around the school, which she sees as a big red barn, and observes a farmer hanging out his laundry to dry (a custodian raising the flag), a feed bucket (wastepaper basket), and nesting boxes (cubbyholes labeled with children's names). After putting an egg (baseball) in a nest (glove) to keep it warm, she returns to the henhouse. Broad pencil drawings brightened with washes give the simple artwork clarity as well as wit. The beauty of the humor is that children will be in on the joke every step of the way. Teachers may enjoy challenging their students to think of other creative uses for familiar objects. An enjoyable lark.
Kirkus Reviews
That inquisitive hen (A Hat for Minerva Louise, 1994) is back, in fine feather. She goes exploring early one morning and discovers a wonderful "barn." Preschoolers will recognize it as a school when they see it, but not Minerva Louise. In fact, the perspective in the text is utterly hers, while the pictures show all the facts. The "farmer" hanging out the laundry is really a janitor raising the flag, "stalls" are classrooms, and the wonderfully decorated "nesting boxes" are children's storage cubbies. One of them has an "egg" in it (a baseball in a mitt).

The simple, brightly colored illustrations provide all the personality this tale needs. The story has a delightful moment of truth at the end: "She knew she'd go back to the fancy barn some day . . . because it was such a wonderful place to get new ideas." Minerva Louise's goofy perceptions and enterprising spirit are sure to tickle listeners at story hour.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525454946
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
10.32(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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