Minerva Louise at the Fair

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Minerva Louise has never seen such a remarkable farm. There are twinkling stars on everything. The horses going up and down and around and around in their corral look too beautiful to be real! When she is too tired to explore, she finds a cozy "nesting box"-little does she know that it's in the judging tent! Young children will give featherbrained Minerva--and her new misadventure--first prize!
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Overview

Minerva Louise has never seen such a remarkable farm. There are twinkling stars on everything. The horses going up and down and around and around in their corral look too beautiful to be real! When she is too tired to explore, she finds a cozy "nesting box"-little does she know that it's in the judging tent! Young children will give featherbrained Minerva--and her new misadventure--first prize!
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Children's Literature
Minerva Louise, a perky white hen, was resting in a wheelbarrow enjoying the night when a loud BOOM attracted her attention. As she walked away from the farm, she discovered stars falling from the sky and then she saw bright lights everywhere. Her wanderings through the fair are compared to familiar farm experiences. She thinks the Ferris wheel is a bulldozer. She admires herself in the mirrors as she wonders why those hens will not come out to play. The merry-go-round looks like a pretty horse barn. When Minerva Louise begins to look for a place to sleep, the point of view changes from her first person observations to that of a detached narrator. She finds an empty nest in the judging barn and awakens to see her farmer expressing surprise and delight as she is awarded a blue ribbon. Bold illustrations in bright colors are an integral component of the story. Preschoolers will enjoy the joke of this book. They will know what is going on even though Minerva Louise does not. 2000, Dutton Children's Books, Ages 3 to 5, $14.99. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer
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PreS-Gr 3-Minerva Louise is back. This time, the happy, self-satisfied hen meanders over to the fairgrounds and misinterprets everything she encounters based on her experience on the farm. She sees stars falling all around (fireworks); steps into a moving bulldozer (Ferris wheel); sees dozens of other hens (trick mirrors); mistakes the merry-go-round for a horse barn; and finally roosts for the night in one of the boxes built for the rabbit judging. The next day she is discovered by her very own farmer, who takes her home to a hero's welcome. The artwork is outstanding. With a triangle for a beak and two dots for eyes, Minerva Louise has an amazing variety of expressions as she walks along peering here and there or sits plump and happy with herself or enjoys the wind while in the back of the moving truck on the ride home. With one or two lines accompanying a bright, full-page picture, this is a perfect choice to share with a group. Anyone who has ever made an error in perception will appreciate Minerva Louise's logic as she figures everything out entirely wrong. And everyone will cheer as things turn out perfectly all right. This hen deserves a blue ribbon.-Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Leonard S. Marcus
Minerva Louise, the bird brained but inquisitive hen, views the world from her own cockeyed angle of vision. At the fair, she thinks that fireworks are falling stars and that fair tents are mountains. What fun to know better than she, while also glimpsing the shred of logic behind each of the fine-feathered heroine's visual mix-ups.
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Stoeke's (A Friend For Minerva Louise, 1997, etc.) inquisitive chicken returns for another adventure when she visits a nearby fair. With a smile on her beak, the nosy hen ambles off to investigate the loud noises disrupting the evening serenity at her farm: "BOOM! That's not a cricket. BOOM!" Preschoolers are in for a treat, getting to see a country fair through the naïve chicken's eyes: to Minerva Louise, fireworks are stars falling from the sky, and the Ferris wheel is a star-bedecked bulldozer. Humor abounds as the inimitable chicken ambles past game booths, the mirrored fun house, and the carousel. Whimsical puns are just right for pint-sized audiences; Minerva thinks the stuffed-animal prizes at the booth are "stuffy old roosters" and that the gourd-judging tent is filled with sleeping hens. Exhausted from her meanderings, Minerva Louise searches for the hen house for a nice little nap. Settling in with some rabbits, she awakes the next morning to discover her owner joyfully hugging her. The pictures tell the real story . . . Minerva had settled herself into the judging tent and has won the blue ribbon denoting first place. Brief sentences combined with gentle humor and large, bright illustrations are ideal for read-aloud sessions. Despite being simply drawn, Minerva Louise radiates oodles of charm. This latest escapade is a delight both for newcomers and those already familiar with the plucky hen. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525464396
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/24/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.28 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Stoeke
Janet Stoeke

Janet Morgan Stoeke lives in Fairfax, Virginia.

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