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Pamela Paul…calming…beguiling…Giselle Potter's graceful paintings are done in her distinctive folk-art style, with greens and blues, adding to the effect, at once pensive and lulling.
—The New York Times
There's something about this well-known and well-loved nursery rhyme! Clever new verses not found in the original offer charming new critters and gently teach young readers a little something along the way. In ...
There's something about this well-known and well-loved nursery rhyme! Clever new verses not found in the original offer charming new critters and gently teach young readers a little something along the way. In verses that mimic the original Baa Baa Black Sheep cadence, a plucky young boy asks each of the farm friends he encounters about the gifts they give us, all in preparation for a bedtime snack and a dream-filled sleep. And as the sun begins to set and the animals prepare to "dream the whole night through of flowers to sip, grass to chew," the little boy asks the animals one last question.
Whether read aloud or sung, this picture book can be a rollicking tale or a perfect lulling bedtime story.
Author Phillis Gershator and illustrator Giselle Potter weave together melodic rhyme and folksy illustrations to transport children to a place of discovery and cozy contentment in this delectable read-aloud.
From the Hardcover edition.
Through creative tweaking, a familiar nursery rhyme, "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep," returns as a cadenced lesson in farmyard enterprise as well as a comforting bedtime lullaby.
A farm boy asks, "Baa, baa, black sheep! Have you any wool?" The sheep predictably replies, "Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full." Will the wool make a blanket for his bed? "Yes sir, yes, sir," the black sheep assures him. The boy queries, "Honk, honk, gray goose! Have you any down?" and the goose responds, "Yes, sir, yes, sir, half a pound." Will the down make a pillow for his head? Of course. Progressing through the farmyard, the boy asks the red hen for eggs to make bread, the yellow bee for honey for a spread and the brown cow for milk to drink before bed. After eating bread with honey and drinking the milk, the boy falls asleep with the wool blanket and down pillow while his farmyard friends dream of more "flowers to sip" and "grass to chew." Primitive, folksy, multi-hued illustrations expand the pleasantly repetitive, rhyming text by showing the sheep knitting a blanket, the goose flapping feathers for a pillow, the red hen using eggs to make bread, the bee spreading honey on bread and the cow watching the boy drink her milk.
Farmyard industry becomes a bedtime soporific.(Picture book. 2-6)
Posted April 29, 2012