That's Good, That's Bad

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At the zoo a boy is lifted into the sky by his balloon. ``Oh, that's good. No, that's bad! ''--because the balloon pops when it hits a tree deep in the jungle. ``Oh, that's bad. No, that's good! ''--because the wide-eyed lad falls into a river and climbs onto a hippo, who takes him to shore. Thus incidents that appear to be positive turn out to be negative (and vice-versa) as the child confronts an extremely colorful bevy of animals, including baboons who chase him up a tree, a hissing snake whom he mistakes for a vine, a kindly elephant who pulls him out of quicksand and a stork who flies him back to the zoo, into the arms of his parents. Cuyler's ( Fat Santa ) fanciful tale is energized by exclamations (``WHEEEE!''; ``WHOOPS!''; ``GLUG! GLUG!'') that beg to be read aloud. Catrow's witty cartoons paint the jungle in a humorous light and hilariously depict the boy's alternating terror and relief. And that's good ! Ages 4-7. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A cheerful calypso beat by Chris Kubie introduces this recording of Margery Cuyler's That's Good! That's Bad (Holt, 1991). A pleasant male voice reads the story of a boy's zoo adventures slowly and clearly, as a chorus of expressive children's voices chant the refrain, "That's good" or "That's bad." Having children interact with the reader on the tape is excellent, emphasizing the participatory nature of the tale. Children reading along in the book will have no trouble following the story and will enjoy the lively pictures by David Catrow. One side of the cassette includes page turn signals (the sound of a turning page). This is a very nice resource for learning centers and beginning readers. It might even encourage young writers to try their hand at this type of story.-Elizabeth C. Fiene, Clermont County Public Library, Bethel, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595190963
  • Publisher: Live Oak Media
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

    A wild ride!

    Great to read to a group of children. Use it for an interactive experience. Kids love the adventure that changes on every page. I can even see this as a jump off for older children to write their own wild adventure story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007

    My 3 year old 'reads' this to everyone!

    After borrowing this from our local library 3 weeks in a row I've decided to purchase this book! It's an everyday (if not several times a day) read in our household. After the first few reads my son was able to retell the story with exceptional accuracy inputting the 'that's good, no, that's bad' and 'that's bad, no, that's good' in the appropriate places. It's a very cute book that shows that there are 2 sides to every 'problem' and how something that may seem 'bad', can be 'good'! A definite 2 thumbs up from this mom!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2006

    Funny Book!

    I am a preschool teacher, one of the moms brought this book to read to my class & all the children as well as we teachers loved it! I am now buying it for my class library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    An adult who still enjoys good children's books

    I liked the beautiful drawings that filled every page with vivid colors. And I enjoyed the cute story as each stroke of good luck turned out to be bad, and what looked like bad luck turned out to be good...kinda like real life. :-)

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