One Monday


One Monday, Annabelle's farm is ravaged by a fierce wind that turns all the hens' feathers inside out, pulls the carrots out of the ground, and sends all the frogs wind-surfing in the water troughs. And if you think that's bad, wait until you see what happens next Monday!

Over the course of a week, the wind plays havoc all around Annabelle's farm.

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One Monday, Annabelle's farm is ravaged by a fierce wind that turns all the hens' feathers inside out, pulls the carrots out of the ground, and sends all the frogs wind-surfing in the water troughs. And if you think that's bad, wait until you see what happens next Monday!

Over the course of a week, the wind plays havoc all around Annabelle's farm.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Annabelle the farm girl knows something strange has blown into town when she is awakened on Monday by the tickle of billowing bedroom curtains. Outside, it's so windy that a mouse sails by on a paper airplane, the barn's windmill stoops and "the tin roof banged like thunder." Each day brings an escalation of gusts: by Friday, the frogs can "belly-surf" on the trough, and the poor Holstein is stripped of her spots. Finally, the wind exits only to be replaced by a downpour so prodigious that the farm animals get outfitted in raingear. In her first children's book, Huntington writes with the homespun exaggeration of a tall tale: "On Wednesday, it was so windy,/ carrots and turnips twisted out of the garden beds,/ and the corn picked itself." (Throughout, the typography looks a little wind-tossed, too.) The light, elegant touch and dry wit of Huntington's double-spread watercolors make it possible to believe that anything is capable of being airborne even a passel of plump farm cats. This tale shares a premise with Phyllis Root and Helen Craig's One Windy Wednesday (1997), but Huntington's originality is never in doubt. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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I'm one of those fortunate city kids who always had a farm to visit as I was growing up. While it may be true that the family farm has been over-romanticized as an icon of American culture, it is also true that children with little or no exposure to rural life really are missing out on an important and organic part of their education. One Monday, in one of its many layers of meaning and enjoyment, serves as a kind of sketch book of the joys of being a child on a farm. But that's only one layer. The funny story of One Monday falls into the "tall tale" genre, but the illustrations are as homey and inviting as a Grandma Moses print. And Annabelle—the spirited farm girl around whom all the activity swirls—seems like someone you'd like to have as your best friend (whether you live in the country or the city!). The tall tale begins as Annabelle (and her ubiquitous cat) awaken on a Monday that is "so windy, the tin roof banged like thunder," and ends on the following Sunday, when the wind has become so wild that it "finally blew itself right out of town." In between, the wind increases day by day as it turns the chickens' feathers inside-out, twists the carrots out of the ground, and blows the spots off the cows—all while Annabelle is trying to keep from being blown away by hanging on to the nearest fence rail or the suspenders of her father's overalls. But beyond the wacky story, author-illustrator Amy Huntington has produced, literally, a garden of delights, the images of which come as a surprise to the eye upon each turn of the page. Children (and adults) will want to study the pictures to make sure they haven't missed anything: frogs surfing in the water trough, hens wearing flight goggles,and the mouse who—floating on every page in the ever-increasing breeze on his yellow-school-tablet paper airplane—seems like the only one who is actually enjoying the experience (except, perhaps for the time when his little airplane appears to be taking him right into the lip-smacking jaws of Annabelle's cat. Danger averted? You have to turn the page.). And when you turn the last page, you find that the author has set you up for a sequel. Not hers—yours! This story of a windy week ends by introducing the week to come: The next Monday, "it rained so hard...," and the reader is teased with the image of a cow coming around a corner wearing bright yellow galoshes, a perfect opportunity for parent or teacher to invite children to take out pencil and crayons and finish the story. And what craziness will happen the next week? Because the combination of text and illustrations provide for multiple layers of understanding and pleasure, One Monday can be enjoyed by children of preschool age through about nine or ten, which is the age that Annabelle appears to be. 2001, Orchard, 32 pages,
— Dick Jorgensen
Children's Literature
The wind begins blowing hard on Annabelle's farm on Monday, so hard "the tin roof banged like thunder" and the pigs' curly tails are straightened. And so it goes through the week, as each day the wind does some mischief, even blowing the spots off the cow. Finally it blows itself "out of town" on Sunday. But the Monday rain may bring new chaos. The brief text is only the frame on which to hang the action of the double pages, which are filled with the semi-chaotic actions of animals and plants. Somewhat loose, naturalistic watercolor drawings humorously project the forces of nature. Only a mouse on a paper airplane, first seen on the title page, sails through each scene enjoying the ride as Annabelle tries to cope. The back endpapers hint at what the rain may bring. 2001, Orchard Books/Scholastic, $16.95. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer:Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-For a week, a wild wind disrupts life on Annabelle's farm. Not only does it straighten the pigs' curly tails and turn the hens' feathers inside out, but it also twists carrots out of the garden and blows the spots off the cow. Children will relish the humorous exaggeration in the watercolor illustrations. Frogs surf the waves in the trough. Blue jays cling to sunflower heads spinning like flying saucers. On every spread, a small brown mouse glides on a paper airplane. The situation grows more chaotic until the wind blows on to other parts. But the following Monday, rain starts. While Huntington's humans are not as well realized as the animals, children will likely just ignore the stiff figures and enjoy the barnyard hoopla.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An especially strong wind wreaks fanciful havoc on a small farm. One Monday morning Annabelle is awakened by the wind banging on the barn's tin roof and by that afternoon the wind has blown so hard that the "pigs' curly tails were straightened like rulers." The wind continues to blow throughout the week, growing stronger all the time. By Wednesday, "the corn picked itself." By Friday, frogs were surfing in the troughs and "the cow had lost most of her spots." Luckily by Sunday, the wind has died down, but on Monday it begins to rain. Whimsical watercolor illustrations document the winds mischievousness as it swirls farm animals into the air; sends flowers and vegetables tumbling; and turns all the chickens' feathers inside out. The simple text, which swirls through each picture as if blown by the wind, is almost unnecessary, but the metaphors are as charming as the pictures. Particularly attentive young readers will seek out the small mouse that flies through each illustration on the wings of a paper airplane. A wonderful first effort by Huntington that will have readers waiting breathlessly for the next Monday. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439293044
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)

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