Not Now Mrs. Wolf!

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Overview

Preparing children for a lifetime of reading has never been more fun!

DK is pleased to introduce a new series of superior first picture books for children 3-6 years of age to share with their parents. These fun and engaging stories by well-known children's authors feature contemporary illustrations designed to delight young readers. Developed in conjunction with reading consultant Bernice Cullinan, the series includes helpful hints for reading to children and after-reading activities based on the stories. For children ready to graduate from DK's successful Toddler Series, Share-A-Story is the next step in creating independent and thoughtful readers.
In Not Now, Mrs. Wolf!, Mrs. Wolf is starving, and a delicious duck's egg is just what she wants for supper. But then an adorable little duckling pops out chirping "Mama!"- and Mrs. Wolf doesn't know what to do! Should she give Funny Feet a hug or have him for supper?

When Mrs. Wolf hatches and cares for a duckling in preparation for a delicious supper, she comes to love him instead.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What does a hungry wolf do when she finds a duck egg? Contrary to what you might expect, this wolf decides to wait until the egg hatches so that she will have a bigger meal. She gently sits on the egg until the duckling emerges and calls her. Mrs. Wolf thinks the baby is too ugly to eat, so as she cleans him off, she determines that she will wait for him to grow a bit before she eats him. In order to ensure his growth, she reads that there are three keys to raising a duckling—good food, play and sleep. Mrs. Wolf begins cooking fine food for the baby, takes him to the park, plays until they are both exhausted, and has christened him with the name as she snuggles him. Their attachment grows stronger. One day, Mrs. Wolf finds that her cupboard is bare. Will she eat the duck now? Just in the nick of time, the duckling provides an alternative dinner that saves him from a grim end. This is a story that will delight young children. The lively text is accompanied by watercolor illustrations that capture the humor in the story. Bernice Cullinan, a recognized authority in children's literature, provides tips for reading and sharing the story with children at the beginning of the book. 2000, Dorling Kindersley, $5.95. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Carol Lynch
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The first book follows a boy who hates numbers until a special birthday present allows him to discover how important they are. The colorful, childlike cartoons support the action. The concept is relayed well enough though the story itself is not particularly inspired. The second story is disappointing. A ravenous Mrs. Wolf finds a duck egg and resolves to fatten the emerging duckling for dinner. She spends days at the hot stove making pancakes, jam tarts, and chocolate muffins. Later, they picnic with sandwiches and coffee. Then, instead of wanting to eat the little creature, she realizes she has become very attached to it. This is one dumb wolf and one confusing story. Why is she starving if she has so much food around her? Endpapers in both volumes provide ideas on sharing the books with youngsters.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
paper: 0-7894-5613-3 A ravenous wolf and a duckling become an unlikely pair in this humorous tale about best-laid plans that have gone wildly awry. Mrs. Wolf is in the mood for a bite of duck when she discovers a duck's egg in the road. With eyes on a bigger meal, she discards the notion of scrambled eggs and decides to hatch the duckling instead; perching on the egg until the little guy emerges. Like all hatchlings, the first thing the duck sees becomes imprinted as its mother; in this case it's a very surprised Mrs. Wolf. The sly wolf concocts a dastardly plan to fatten up the fowl. The ever-building suspense reaches its peak when the now plump Funny Feet asks the fateful question, "What's for dinner?" " ‘Guess!' said Mrs. Wolf . . .‘A potato?' asked Funny Feet. ‘ No fatter and juicier,' said Mrs. Wolf, reaching for Funny Feet." However, the joke's on the readers as the clever duckling races out to retrieve a juicy watermelon from the garden for their evening meal. Older children will appreciate the wry humor of the food-oriented pet names Mrs. Wolf bestows on Funny Feet, such as "my little sugar puff" and "my little muffin." Young's cartoon-style illustrations are free from any menacing overtones. Mrs. Wolf, stylishly attired in a green cardigan and a homey, blue-checked apron, is as harmless-looking as an exuberant puppy. The sunlit watercolors depicting cozy pastoral scenes portray the ever-increasing size of Funny Feet and the growing affection between Mrs. Wolf and her protégé. Humorous touches in the illustrations, like the delectably devious thoughts of Mrs. Wolf, comically captured inthought-cloudssuspended overhead, will keep readers howling. The book also includes suggestions for read-aloud sessions and extension activities for parents and caregivers to enrich the child's reading experience. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789456137
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2000
  • Series: Share a Story Series
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.98 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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