Sitting down to Eat

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A young boy's snacktime is interrupted by a visit from an elephant. As soon as he moves over to make room, they are joined by a tiger, and a hippo, and a big blue whale, and soon a full menagerie, each insisting there's room for one more. With his trademark marriage of story and song, children's entertainer Bill Harley tests the boundaries of his young hero's patience--and hospitality. Full color.

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Overview

A young boy's snacktime is interrupted by a visit from an elephant. As soon as he moves over to make room, they are joined by a tiger, and a hippo, and a big blue whale, and soon a full menagerie, each insisting there's room for one more. With his trademark marriage of story and song, children's entertainer Bill Harley tests the boundaries of his young hero's patience--and hospitality. Full color.

In this cumulative story, a young boy agrees to share his snack with an ever-growing menagerie of animals, each insisting that there is room for one more.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This appealing, cumulative tale features a boy who opens his door to an ever-growing group of animals; he politely invites each new arrival to join him for lunch, until the overcrowded house explodes. Readers are placed right inside the famous mitten of the Ukrainian folktale (a derivation Harley points out in an author's note, with a special nod to Jan Brett). Harvill's kinetic-looking, highly stylized cut-paper illustrations match the story's energy and achieve an offbeat attitude to elevate Harley's neat rhymes. The familiar animals (an elephant, a rhino, a tiger, a whale, a caterpillar, etc.) and foods (pizza, birthday cake, popcorn, etc.), are recognizable through their stylizations. With a formula right out of Bill Martin's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Holt, 1983) and Sue Williams's I Went Walking (Harcourt, 1990), Sitting Down to Eat doesn't test any uncharted waters, but its bright interpretation shines with its own light. The text is slightly adapted from the lyrics of Harley's song by the same title, found on Come On Out and Play (Round River, 1996) and Big Big World (A&M, 1993). The lyrics land successfully on the printed page, where they bounce along with their own rhythm, no music given and none necessary.-Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Sitting Down To Eat ( Sept. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-87483-460- 0): A song becomes a cumulative rhyming story about a child sitting down to eat, repeatedly interrupted by knocks at the door and animals clamoring to join in. "If I've got enough for me, yes, that's true./If I've got enough for me,/I've got enough for you./Come on in!" The rhymes maintain a strong beat; children will love shouting out refrains, as well as the "BOOM" that brings the house down when one last visitor is admitted. With Harvill's frenetic cut-paper collages, this is playful and lively.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874836035
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 433,421
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.65 (w) x 11.03 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    My daughter's kindergarten class loved it!

    I read this story to my daughter's kindergarten class. They quickly caught on to the lyrical chorus, which they chanted with glee. The teacher thought I was a magician to entertain them so!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2000

    Fun, Fun, Fun

    Any book that has repeated, sing-song lines is a delight to me and my children. I love it because even my three year old can tell the story after a few readings, not word for word of course. It is amazing how many different ways they can tell the story.

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