Thirsty Thursday

Thirsty Thursday

by Helen Craig
     
 

A lack of rain makes snapdragons snap and tiger lilies growl — until Bonnie gets an idea — in this silly tale by a master of wordplay and an acclaimed illustrator.

One Thirsty Thursday on Bonnie Bumble’s farm, everyone is dry and thirsty, especially the flowers. The black-eyed Susans are spoiling for a fight, and the clouds refuse to even

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A lack of rain makes snapdragons snap and tiger lilies growl — until Bonnie gets an idea — in this silly tale by a master of wordplay and an acclaimed illustrator.

One Thirsty Thursday on Bonnie Bumble’s farm, everyone is dry and thirsty, especially the flowers. The black-eyed Susans are spoiling for a fight, and the clouds refuse to even drop by. But when a little cloud blows past at last, Bonnie comes up with a clever plan that calls for interspecies cooperation — and is sure to tickle little readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Erika Clark
On Bonnie Bumble's farm everyone and everything was dreading the sweltering hot Thursday: "The snapdragons snapped. The tiger lilies growled. The Johnny-jump-ups jumped up and down. And the black-eyed Susans were spoiling for a fight." No matter how thirsty the animals, plants, and Bonnie Bumble were, the stubborn clouds swiftly passed the farm without freeing their droplets of water. In spite of the dramatic drought, Bonnie had an ingenious idea to save the farm on a thirsty Thursday. This excellent book encourages students to make meaningful predictions and understand the concept of cause and effect during natural occurrences. One passage reads: "Then Bonnie Bumble climbed on top of the pig, on top of the sheep, on top of the cow, and tickled the cloud...Down came the rain." This book is not an appropriate selection for students who have not mastered directionality, tracking, and other clues for reading fluently at the first grade level. However, it is perfect for students who are more advanced and ready to build a richer vocabulary. The illustrations and comical tone throughout the story will encourage students' interest. Reviewer: Erika Clark
Kirkus Reviews
It's Thursday on Bonnie Bumble's farm, and everyone is thirsty-especially the flowers. The snapdragons snap, the tiger lilies growl, the Johnny-jump-ups jump up and down and the black-eyed Susans are spoiling for a fight. Not a drop of rain is in sight, but luckily Bonnie has an idea. She puts the sheep on top of the cow and the pig on top of the sheep, and she climbs on top of the pig (a la the Bremen Town Musicians) and tickles the cloud with a feather. The little cloud giggles, wriggles and jiggles, and down comes the rain. Now everyone is happy-except the big clouds want to be tickled, too! Short, sweet and unabashedly darling, Root's text employs just the right amount of repetition to get toddlers chiming in by the second reading. Craig's ink, watercolor and pencil illustrations lend Bonnie, animals and flowers expressive personalities, and the paper-over-boards binding will hold up to the inevitable repeated readings. As perky as a freshly watered daisy. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763636289
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/25/2009
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Phyllis Root is the author of more than thirty books for children, including FLIP, FLAP, FLY!; LOOKING FOR A MOOSE; OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY; and ONE DUCK STUCK. She lives in Minneapolis.

Helen Craig is the illustrator of such children’s books as A FINDER'S MAGIC by Philippa Pearce, and the Angelina Ballerina series. She lives in England.

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