Publishers WeeklyReaders can't help but shout "Cluck! Cluck! Cluck!" and "Ay! Ay! Ay!" along with the boy narrator of A Hen, a Chick and a String Guitar by Margaret Read MacDonald, illus. by Sophie Fatus. Inspired by a Chilean folktale, this invitingly illustrated volume boasts a parade of 16 animals as each adds another verse to the story, along with its sound. Fatus's rounded shapes and Chilean-inspired clothing patterns will keep kids happily flipping the pages. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 1-The power of imagination enriches a little girl's day at the seashore. Paloma is an only child who, upon arriving at the beach with her parents, finds her contemporaries busy at play with their siblings. The lonely youngster draws a picture of a girl in the sand and, with the help of a magic rock, her Sand Sister comes to life for the day. Paloma and Sandy play pirates, search for treasure, and jump in the surf. The two even have time for a small disagreement but forgive one another just before Sandy disappears at high tide. The warm golds of the sand, the rich browns of the rocks, and the blue sea dominate the textured, acrylic illustrations. Though sad when told it is time to leave, Paloma is given wonderful news by her parents: she will soon have a real baby brother or sister. Pair this gentle story with Kevin Henkes's Jessica (Greenwillow, 1989) for another tale of a young girl and her imaginary playmate.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
- Barefoot Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.30(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.46(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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