Red Red Red

Red Red Red

by Valeri Gorbachev
     
 

Turtle is in a big hurry. And that's hard for turtles to do. But he's off to see something red and he can't be late. But is it red like Rabbit's roses? Or Goat's socks? Or Fox's roof? All the neighbors want to know, so off they go in a long parade to follow Turtle. But when he finally stops, there's nothing red in sight. Until all at once they see red, red, red.

Overview

Turtle is in a big hurry. And that's hard for turtles to do. But he's off to see something red and he can't be late. But is it red like Rabbit's roses? Or Goat's socks? Or Fox's roof? All the neighbors want to know, so off they go in a long parade to follow Turtle. But when he finally stops, there's nothing red in sight. Until all at once they see red, red, red.

Yet another trip into the inviting world of Valeri Gorbachev awaits young readers in this charming story. As the anticipation builds, so does the fun. And readers will be tickled—red—by the warm, rosy ending.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
This cumulative tale begins one evening as Turtle is racing through town. Each animal he passes asks him where he is going in such a hurry. He replies that he is "off to see something red, red, red." In turn they try to guess what it is, but he says "no" to each suggestion. So the curious animals fall in line behind him. Finally there is quite a procession following as Turtle climbs the hill overlooking the lake. There they all end up, just in time to sigh happily together as the red sun sets, and there they stay until the moon appears. "Perfect," Turtle now takes the time to say. The simple story is an excuse to produce a "follow the leader" tale with the lively anthropomorphic animals created in pen-and-ink and watercolors. As Turtle rushes through town, the others show him red roses, watermelons, fire trucks, and so forth, but his silence motivates the procession. We add our "Ahhhh…" when we see the huge red sun dip over the distant trees.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
All of the friendly animals in town want to know why Turtle is in such a hurry. "I am off to see something red, red, red," he replies. Each of his neighbors asks if it is something they have, but it is not Mrs. Raccoon's roses, Rabbit's produce, Goat's red socks, Fox's roof (which he is painting red), the firefighters' truck, or Captain Dog's boat. A growing parade of animals follows Turtle as he rushes through the town and up a hill that overlooks the lake. "Where is red, red, red?" they ask. "Look over there," says Turtle, as the friends are rewarded with a strikingly red sunset. Children may enjoy pointing out the colorful objects on each spread and trying to guess Turtle's mysterious destination. The pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures are kid-friendly, with the clothes-wearing critters reminiscent of Richard Scarry characters. A slight, but pleasant story.
—Martha SimpsonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
As Gorbachev's story opens, the day is coming to a close. Turtle is rushing through town, rushing as fast as is possible for a natty turtle in a striped sailor's jersey and a floppy summer chapeau. A turtle rushing, of course, attracts attention. The locals want to know what's up. But Turtle is only admitting to "Red, red, red." Raccoon wants to know if he means her roses, or maybe Goat's socks, or perhaps Fox's red roof. No, no and no-so they each cumulatively fall in line behind Turtle to get the skinny on his strange behavior. It's a merry band, measured with just the right amount of oomph in Gorbachev's color-soaked art. It doesn't matter that Turtle has enough breath to tell his interlocutors that all their guesses are wrong, but not enough to tell them where they are headed. He's just deepening the mystery, keeping them guessing to keep them-and his readers-in his thrall. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399246289
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.36(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile:
AD720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Valeri Gorbachev lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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