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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.
—Sally Niezgoda
School Library Journal
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316822565
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.37 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Philemon Sturges has written several award-winning books for children, including Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?; Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza); and Bridges Are to Cross.

Ashley Wolff has illustrated many books for children, including Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? and the bestselling Miss Bindergarten series.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

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    A Book You Can Sing To

    This was a very entertaining read. I don't know the real words to She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain song, but this was probably better. The animals in this mountain town are getting ready for a fiesta. They're cooking, decorating, and cleaning up. All the while, we can see a truck coming around the bendy moutain road getting closer and closer. There are clues in the pictures to help the reader guess exactly WHO is coming around the moutain. Very nice illustrations by Ashley Wolff. Reviewed by Cherese Vines

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    Who is comin' 'round the mountain?

    Sturges has written new lyrics to the traditional American folk song creating a rollicking good story filled with excitement and anticipation. The animals of a small Southwestern town are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a very special person. Wolff's gouache and pastel illustrations depict animals watching, singing, dancing, cleaning, and cooking in joyful expectation. The preparations are underway and 'the reception will be awesome when she comes.' The view of her big camper is seen from various vantage points as 'she is comin' 'round the mountain.' Who is the surprise visitor generating so much exhilaration in the small town of Readerville? It is none other than the librarian/driver of the Six White Horses Book Mobile. (Sure does warm a librarian's heart) Children will cheer as she arrives. They will also love going back over the pages to discover the myriad clues pointing to the identity of the visitor on each double page spread. There are many animals reading and books to be found in Readerville. This is a top notch selection for both public libraries an elementary school libraries.

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