Mr. Cuckoo

Mr. Cuckoo

by Becky Bloom
     
 

Day and night, rain or shine, Mr. Cuckoo chants the hours, just as he had pledged. Before long, knowing what time it is becomes most important to the animals in the forest. Then one day, a girl cuckoo comes to the forest, and hour after hour, Mr. Cuckoo forgets to chant the time. All the other animals wonder what could be wrong with Mr. Cuckoo. Full color. 32 pp. Ages… See more details below

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Day and night, rain or shine, Mr. Cuckoo chants the hours, just as he had pledged. Before long, knowing what time it is becomes most important to the animals in the forest. Then one day, a girl cuckoo comes to the forest, and hour after hour, Mr. Cuckoo forgets to chant the time. All the other animals wonder what could be wrong with Mr. Cuckoo. Full color. 32 pp. Ages 5-9. Pub: 4/98.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The wry view this French import takes of harried contemporary existence may speak more to parents than to children. A cuckoo introduces clock time to the forest, which changes the lives of the forest animals: "They carefully wrote their appointments in tiny books, and even the very youngest animals had to learn difficult words like schedule and punctuality." Once the cuckoo falls in love, however, he loses interest in marking time, and the animals are released from their structured lives. The tale does not concern itself with character developmentthe woodland animals are an undifferentiated crew, and the cuckoo and his rose-sniffing consort are genericbut witty touches elevate it above mere didacticism. Debut children's author Bloom uses sketchy watercolor-and-pencil illustrationswith blurred edges and pale washesto add an airy, carefree charm. However, readers may be left wonderingwhat were those appointments that the bear and mole and rabbit were rushing to, and why does a failed clock automatically release them from those obligations? Ages 5-9. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Mr. Cuckoo tells time for a living. When he moves to the forest, he builds a beautiful cuckoo clock house. The other creatures admire Mr. Cuckoo and wish that they could be as industrious as he. When Mr. Cuckoo begins to call out the hours and the quarters-past and the halves-past and the quarters-to, time becomes an important concept to the forest animals and they develop a dread of being late. They begin to keep appointment books and live on detailed schedules. Soon they are rushing about, too lost in the details of their agendas to notice or enjoy the forest. Then Mr. Cuckoo falls in love. A female cuckoo wins his heart and he is so smitten he forgets to call out the time. It's not long before the animals realize they are happier. Mr. Cuckoo and his new bride are happy as well. A meaningful message in this age when even the youngest child so often hears the words, "Hurry up, you're going to be late." 1998 (orig.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572556263
Publisher:
Mondo Publishing
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.56(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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