Tiptoe Joe

Tiptoe Joe

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by Ginger Foglesong Gibson, Laura Rankin
     
 

Kids will love watching Tiptoe Joe lead a group of his animal friends on an adventure. Joe instructs his buddies to be as quiet as possible. They tiptoe—as well as they can on their hooves, claws, and furry feet—through a field, across a fallen log leading over a stream, through the woods, and up a hill. When they arrive at Joe’s, he shows them

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Kids will love watching Tiptoe Joe lead a group of his animal friends on an adventure. Joe instructs his buddies to be as quiet as possible. They tiptoe—as well as they can on their hooves, claws, and furry feet—through a field, across a fallen log leading over a stream, through the woods, and up a hill. When they arrive at Joe’s, he shows them something very special. It’s his brand-new baby bear cubs, fast asleep!
 
Tiptoe Joe is a great pick for parents who want to acclimate a child to a new baby brother or sister, and perfect for bedtime or story hour.
 
Charming full-color illustrations by Laura Rankin bring Tiptoe Joe and the rest of the animals to life.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jill K. Woodward
Tiptoe Joe is a red sneaker wearing brown bear who tiptoes along a mountain, picking up friends along the way so that he can show them his two sleeping cubs, which he does not want woken up. Written in simple, repetitive words, the rhyming couplets create suspense and momentum. All of the characters are clearly eager to follow Tiptoe Joe to see what he has to show them. The anthropomorphized animal friends—the beaver, the owl, the moose, the turkey, the rabbit, and the donkey—are cheerful but noisy. Each one makes his own special sound, such as walking or flapping or hopping. As night falls, they finally softly creep to approach the surprise: mamma bear rocking her cubs. Although intended as a bedtime story, this picture book would be fun to share at anytime. Rankin's illustrations are particularly charming in the combination of watercolor and line in color. This modern use of color gives the characters a slightly more active look without being garish. Young children will want to read this book—or to be read it—again and again. Reviewer: Jill K. Woodward
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Tiptoe Joe is a gentle giant of a bear who wears red sneakers so he can minimize the noise he makes. He has a big secret that he wants to share. As he tiptoes through the wilderness, he invites the different animals he encounters to come along. The curious creatures include a donkey, rabbit, turkey, moose, owl, and beaver. Each one takes care to be as quiet as possible, despite having hooves, claws, and a cumbersome body. Their expressions reveal their cheerful expectations. In a long procession, they softly creep along to find the surprise. Because each animal makes a characteristic sound, Tiptoe Joe has to remind them to be quiet. The anticipation grows as the animals travel through the woods, over a stream, and up a hill as they beg to know Joe's secret. Just as the sun begins to set, they arrive at a cave where Tiptoe Joe proudly reveals a mother bear and two cubs. He beams with pride as he shares the exciting news of his newborns. Rankin's bold and bright watercolor illustrations portray charming animal friends. Written in rhyme with catchy repetition, this quiet journey will delight young listeners.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
"Tiptoe fast, // tiptoe slow. / Say hello to Tiptoe Joe." Big bear Tiptoe Joe sneaks through the forest in his red high-top sneakers. Why so quiet? "Donkey, Donkey come with me. / I know something you should see." Donkey clop clops after Joe, and they continue through the woods. They pick up Rabbit, who follows: thump, thump. They come upon Turkey, who follows: flap, flap. As they progress, they find…Moose (thud, thud), Owl (swish, swish) and Beaver (slap, slap). "Tell us, tell us. Tiptoe Joe. / What's the secret? Let us know," they repeatedly implore. With each animal added, the group becomes more and more curious. They follow him up his mountain and…"Tiptoe, tiptoe, softly creep. // Here's my secret, fast asleep"--his two baby cubs. Gibson's rhythmic text with its repetition and onomatopoetic accents makes for a great read-aloud and a good bedtime story. Audiences will memorize it quickly and be "reading" it to themselves before long. Rankin's watercolor illustrations of slightly anthropomorphized animals (each animal has one piece of clothing à la Joe's shoes) are charming in their enthusiasm (Joe) and their curiosity (the rest of the forest denizens). This beguiling, cumulative woodland tale will make a great addition to bedtime routines. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061772030
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/23/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
270,632
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD130L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ginger Foglesong Gibson is the author of numerous books for children, including the bilingual favorites ¡Fiesta!, Siesta, and ¡Bravo! She graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in early childhood education, and now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Laura Rankin is the creator of The Handmade Alphabet, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie. She is the illustrator of many other books for children, including A Balloon for Isabel, by Deborah Underwood. She lives in Easton, Maryland.

Ginger Foglesong Gibson is the author of numerous books for children, including the bilingual favorites ¡Fiesta!, Siesta, and ¡Bravo! She graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in early childhood education, and now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Laura Rankin is the creator of The Handmade Alphabet, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie. She is the illustrator of many other books for children, including A Balloon for Isabel, by Deborah Underwood. She lives in Easton, Maryland.

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Tiptoe Joe 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read.... daddy bear finds friends in the woods to come see his two baby bears sleeping in his den.