Where Have You Been?

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Where has the Little Old Cat been?

To see this and that
Said the Little Old Cat . . .

Where does the Little Old Fish swim?

Wherever I wish
Said the Little Old Fish . . .

Have you also wondered where a cat or a squirrel has been or where a bird flies or a whale sails? How ...

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Overview

Where has the Little Old Cat been?

To see this and that
Said the Little Old Cat . . .

Where does the Little Old Fish swim?

Wherever I wish
Said the Little Old Fish . . .

Have you also wondered where a cat or a squirrel has been or where a bird flies or a whale sails? How about why a bunny runs? With playful, rhyming verse, where have you been? perfectly captures the wonderful, wise questions that children ask every day.

The treasured text by Margaret Wise Brown, author of goodnight moon, has been newly illustrated by two-time Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon, creating a picture-book classic that children will love to see, to hear, and to read again and again.

The classic story about a wise, bookish owl and a medley of other animals, first published by the author of "Goodnight Moon" in 1952.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Having previously illustrated Goodnight Moon author Brown's Two Little Trains, the Caldecott Medal-winning Dillons update what seems a minor work by the late author (the original 1952 edition was illustrated by Barbara Cooney). A bookish brown owl, wearing green-tinted specs and a strand of pearls, interviews 14 creatures, starting with, "Little Old Cat/ Little Old Cat/ Where have you been?/ To see this and that/ Said the Little Old Cat/ That's where I've been." In a fanciful full-page image opposite the question-and-answer scene, the Cat sits with a slender elf on a personified crescent moon, gazing through a telescope. Each stanza follows the same formula as the owl asks after Brown's favorite animals, including a bird, bunny and mouse. A Little Old Horse has been "in the clover, of course," Little Old Frog "sitting on a log" and Little Old Bee "in a pink apple tree." On each facing page, a larger image suggests the animals' exotic adventures with fairy people; for instance, Little Old Toad drives an antique car (in a possible allusion to The Wind in the Willows), with a fairy couple riding shotgun. Throughout, the owl jots notes with a purple quill pen, but her journal's pages remain disappointingly blank, and readers don't see any handwriting until she writes "The End" on the back of the book's dust jacket. The Dillons, whose meticulously crafted watercolors here recall Richard Egielski's exacting work, create pleasing but superficial tableaux for Brown's likewise bland, repetitive verses. Ages 3-6. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
There has been a recent rebirth of interest in the works of the legendary children's editor and writer Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). Attribute it to the fact that her Goodnight Moon has been in print for more than fifty years . . . or that the publishing industry is hungry for solid, traditional product. For whatever reason, this reprint is welcome. It proves once again that Brown knew how to get in close and cozy with little ones. Her simple, repetitive rhymes still work—possibly better than ever thanks to their lovely and imaginative interpretation by the husband-and-wife team of Leo and Diane Dillon. Twice Caldecott Medalists, the Dillons still have the right stuff. Under the questioning of a wise old owl, their cats, squirrels, fish, and birds explore the heavens and the seas in the company of otherworldly fairies and mermaids. Their toad and bunny pay homage to The Wind in the Willows and Aesop's Fables. There are other connections to be made, other small pleasures. But one must leave some surprises to the owl-wise parents who explore these pleasures with their children. 2004 (orig. 1952), HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 6.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Children fond of call-and-response will enjoy this humorous nursery rhyme. A scholarly looking owl in pearls peers from behind her green-rimmed glasses to ask her animal acquaintances what they've been up to and records their responses in a big book. Brown's slight verses are brought to life by the humor and verve of the Dillons' richly shaded watercolor paintings. On the left-hand side of each spread, the inquisitive owl interrogates an animal-a race-winning bunny, a saxophonist lion, a motorist frog, and so on-and on the right, readers are treated to a full-page, visual recounting of the creature's adventure. The simple, rhythmic text starts out strong but unravels toward the end, as its tight rhyme scheme grows irregular and sloppy. Still, the illustrations are as lively as they are charming, and have enough detail to keep children interested. This book could supplement titles such as Bill Martin, Jr.'s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1983) and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (1991, both Holt).-Sophie R. Brookover, Camden County Library, Voorhees, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Dillons create an eldritch world for this philosophical rhyme, which was first published 50 years ago with misguidedly twee art by Barbara Cooney. An owl interviews a succession of creatures: "Little Old Cat / Little Old Cat / Where have you been? / To see this and that / Said the Little Old Cat / That's where I've been." Squirrel, Fish, Bird, Horse, Toad, and others-each shown running or swimming, traveling by often unusual means, or posing at a destination, accompanied by small, winged, green- or purple-skinned human figures-reply to Owl's queries in a similarly oblique vein. More polished than some of the fragmentary texts recently mined from Brown's archives, this combines soothing verbal and visual rhythms with a sense of mystery that will leave young readers or listeners spellbound. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064435697
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 8.11 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). A graduate of Hollins College and the progressive Bank Street College of Education, she combined her literary aspirations with the study of child development. Her unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes is unequaled. Her many classic books continue to delight thousands of young listeners and readers year after year.


Muy pocos escritores de literatura infantil han logrado captar las emociones e inquietudes de la niñez como Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952). Sus numerosos y ya clásicos libros y grabaciones continúan deleitando a lectores y oyentes de todas las edades.

Two-time Caldecott-winning illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon have illustrated over 25 books for children, and have received many honors, including two Coretta Scott King Awards and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. They live in Brooklyn, NY.

Biography

When Margaret Wise Brown began to write for young children, most picture books were written by illustrators, whose training and talents lay mainly in the visual arts. Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, was the first picture-book author to achieve recognition as a writer, and the first, according to historian Barbara Bader, "to make the writing of picture books an art."

After graduating college in 1932, Brown's first ambition was to write literature for adults; but when she entered a program for student teachers in New York, she was thrilled by the experience of working with young children, and inspired by the program's progressive leader, the education reformer Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Mitchell held that stories for very young children should be grounded in "the here and now" rather than nonsense or fantasy. For children aged two to five, she thought, real experience was magical enough without embellishments.

Few children's authors had attempted to write specifically for so young an audience, but Brown quickly proved herself gifted at the task. She was appointed editor of a new publishing firm devoted to children's books, where she cultivated promising new writers and illustrators, helped develop innovations like the board book, and became, as her biographer Leonard S. Marcus notes, "one of the central figures of a period now considered the golden age of the American picture book."

Though Brown was intensely interested in modernist writers like Gertrude Stein (whom she persuaded to write a children's book, The World Is Round), it was a medieval ballad that provided the inspiration for The Runaway Bunny (1942), illustrated by Clement Hurd. The Runaway Bunny was Brown's first departure from the here-and-now style of writing, and became one of her most popular books.

Goodnight Moon, another collaboration with Hurd, appeared in 1947. The story of a little rabbit's bedtime ritual, its rhythmic litany of familiar objects placed it somewhere between the nursery rhyme and the here-and-now story. At first it was only moderately successful, but its popularity gradually climbed, and by 2000, it was among the top 40 best-selling children's books of all time.

The postwar baby boom helped propel sales of Brown's many picture books, including Two Little Trains (1949) and The Important Book (1949). After the author died in 1952, at the age of 42, many of her unpublished manuscripts were illustrated and made into books, but Brown remains best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.

More people recognize those titles than recognize the name of their author, but Margaret Wise Brown wouldn't have minded. "It didn't seem important that anyone wrote them," she once said of the books she read as a child. "And it still doesn't seem important. I wish I didn't have ever to sign my long name on the cover of a book and I wish I could write a story that would seem absolutely true to the child who hears it and to myself." For millions of children who have settled down to hear her stories, she did just that.

Good To Know

When Goodnight Moon first appeared, the New York Public Library declined to buy it (an internal reviewer dismissed it as too sentimental). The book sold fairly well until 1953, when sales began to climb, perhaps because of word-of-mouth recommendations by parents. More than 4 million copies have now been sold. The New York Public Library finally placed its first order for the book in 1973.

If you look closely at the bookshelves illustrated in Goodnight Moon, you'll see that one of the little rabbit's books is The Runaway Bunny. One of three framed pictures on the walls shows a scene from the same book.

Brown's death was a stunning and sad surprise. The author had had an emergency appendectomy in France while on a book tour, which was successful; but when she did a can-can kick days later to demonstrate her good health to her doctor, it caused a fatal embolism.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Golden MacDonald, Juniper Sage, Timothy Hay
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 23, 1910
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, N.Y.
    1. Date of Death:
      November 13, 1952
    2. Place of Death:
      Nice, France

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