The likable young narrator of O'Connor's (Fancy Nancy) buoyant tale first admits what she can't do: "I can't skip. I wish I could. Other kids are really good." But she is mighty proud of what she cando: "I can leap. I can creep. Can I twirl? Just watch this girl." Rollerskating, whistling and somersaulting are some of the other feats she proudly demonstrates. When she reiterates that she can't skip (endearingly adding, "It's not my fault."), her mother asks her if she can hop. The gal gleefully shows off her hopping prowess and her parent instructs her to hop first on one foot and then on the other: "That is skipping." The woman then shows how it is done as the girl wryly observes, "Down the street I watch Mom go. She's pretty old to skip, I know." Making sure there are no kids watching, the exuberant child gives skipping a try and adds another accomplishment to her repertoire-she even skips right past her mother. James's (the Penny Pollard series) unadorned illustrations convey the heroine's changeable emotions and abundant energy as she struts her stuff, accompanied by her perky pooch. The tale's simple text and breezy rhyme makes this a good choice for reading aloud to preschoolers or for readers just starting to sound out words. But grownups beware: youngsters will surely be tempted to mimic the high-spirited girl's antics, so they shouldn't be expected to sit still. Ages 4-up. (May)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Ready, Set, Skip!by Jane O'Connor, Ann James
This little girl can leap, creep, twirl, skate, burp, slurp, and do all the other things kids love to do-except skip! But with the help of a clever suggestion from her mom, she soon finds herself skipping all the way to school. Ready, Set, Skip! is an upbeat, lively readaloud about learning that what you think you can't do may only be a hop, skip, and a jump away! See more details below
This little girl can leap, creep, twirl, skate, burp, slurp, and do all the other things kids love to do-except skip! But with the help of a clever suggestion from her mom, she soon finds herself skipping all the way to school. Ready, Set, Skip! is an upbeat, lively readaloud about learning that what you think you can't do may only be a hop, skip, and a jump away!
This cheerful book features a little girl who demonstrates for her sympathetic dog all the things that she can do (whistle, skate, leap, creep, etc.), with one exception: "But I can't skip./It's not my fault." Her mother overhears her and asks if she can hop-of course she can-many times. With Mom's help, from hopping to skipping is easy: "My feet are flying!/Skipping's cool./Tomorrow I can skip.../to school." Exuberant color and black line illustrations on a white background depict the actions with élan and convey the special camaraderie between girl and dog and mother and daughter. Although one might question whether skipping is harder to learn than roller skating or whistling, children who haven't mastered a particular skill will be reassured and entertained by the story.
Judith ConstantinidesCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.34(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.39(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
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Jane O'Connor lives in New York City.
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