The old song with a western slant creates a mystery as to who "she" is, as the animals prepare for the festivities and prepare a room for her arrival. Tables are set with flowers, food, and drink. Every raccoon, armadillo, lizard, bear, and skunk has a job. The pigs are fishing in the mountain streams to catch fish for the feast to welcome her. There will be all types of dancing when "she" comes. The coyotes practice the cha-cha for the celebration. Children can track her vehicle's approach from one picture to another as the critters scurry around to be finished in time. The party begins when "she" pulls into "ReeDerVille" in her Six White Horses bookmobile camper. Captivating full-page illustrations will have children searching for all of the interesting details as the words are read (or sung) to them. Grandparents will especially enjoy sharing this book with their grandchildren. It is a "read it again" type book. This would be an excellent choice for the story hour at the local library. 2004, Little Brown, Ages 3 to 6.
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PreS-Gr 4-The beloved folk song bounces and hoots in this newly expanded version: "She'll be comin' 'round the mountain when she comes./She'll be bouncin' 'round the mountain when she comes./She'll be honkin', she'll be hootin', she'll be shoutin', she'll be tootin',/She'll be comin' 'round the mountain when she comes." The action is set in a little town in the Southwest where an array of animals awaits a visitor's arrival, all the while preparing a guest room and a huge fiesta. A lizard with a banjo leads up the band as foxes tango, a raccoon makes a pi-ata, and several skunks cook up some tacos. Many of the creatures are busy reading, including a vulture perched on a rafter, a rabbit on a rooftop, and an armadillo armed with a book light for after dark. Wolff's festive and funny illustrations, done in gouache and pastels, enhance the merriment of Sturges's rhythmic verses. Throughout the book, a truck can be seen in the background, drawing ever nearer as it navigates the mountain turns, passes, and tunnels. Finally, beneath the light of the moon, a librarian arrives along with the Six White Horses Book Mobile. As the final plot twist unfolds, young listeners who haven't already joined in will holler along with the last chorus of "Yea! She's Here!"-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Southwestern color, flavor, and rhythm, a cheery village of anthropomorphized animals, and a slight twist on the words of a traditional and well-loved song culminate in a rollicking surprise ending. Be warned, it is impossible not to sing these lyrics, as the pages open to a lizard in a cowboy hat playing the banjo. Squirrel's reading in the tree behind him. That's the clue. In every one of these adobe, violet, and crimson landscapes, folks are doing what needs to be done with a book close at hand. Raccoon hangs out clothes with a book in pocket along with the clothespins, Armadillo and Bear read while others bustle about preparing for the fiesta grande "when she comes." Next to the last spread finds the whole population excitedly lined up outside "Six White Horses"-a splendid bookmobile where the librarian brandishes Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?, a previous title by this pair. Rich in storytime possibilities, to say nothing of offering a crystalline but unpreachy message of the joy and value in books. (Picture book. 3-7)