Arrestingly set off by deep lime or golden-yellow backgrounds, Barton's trademark childlike illustrations propel this familiar tale of a wee little woman. One day she milks her wee little cow and gets a wee little milk in her wee little pail, which she places on the wee little table. Alas, along comes her wee little cat, who drinks up all the milk. When the woman spies these goings-on, she yells "Scat Cat," and the feline runs away "for a wee long time." The contrite creature returns to find that his wee-ping owner has a bowl of milk (yes, it's wee) awaiting her prodigal pet, and all is forgiven. Kids will lap this one up-they'll be requesting repeat readings long after adults have tired of the tale's incessant repetition. Though a wee little effort compared with some of his previous work (The Three Bears; Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones; Machines at Work), this book again demonstrates Barton's mastery of the droll delivery. Ages 3-6. (May)
Barton has employed primitive-style drawings to illustrate his retelling of this perennial children's favorite of the little woman, her cat, and a bowl of milk. This would be a good selection for a read-aloud as the color illustrations nearly jump from the page.
Beautiful pictures illustrate this charming tale of a peasant couple, presumably somewhere in middle or eastern Europe, obsessed with fish. That's right, fish. The couple have plenty-a healthy vegetable garden, a generous milk cow-but the wife wants fish. She wants them because she does not have them. She thinks about them, dreams about them, sings about them-all day long. Eventually her husband sets out to find her some. He does his duty, only to be stripped of his treasure by a clever fox. This story stems from a Hungarian folktale, and the original can be found in a book called Creanga Mesak published in Budapest by Mora Kieado in the 1940's. The book will appeal to a wide age range.
PreS-Gr 1The wee little woman (not to be confused with ``The Teeny Tiny Woman'' or ``The Wee Wee Mannie'') ``had a wee little house...and a wee little cat...and a wee little cow....'' When her cat drinks up all the cow's ``wee little milk,'' the wee little woman yells, ``Scat, Cat!'' with hurt feelings all around. This carefully paced story with its repetitive phrasing and dramatic climax is certain to engage the youngest of listeners and likely to find an audience among new readers as well. Barton's boldly colored forms have a satisfying heft well suited to this most satisfying little talejust the sort of gem we've come to expect from this author.Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
Big, bright paper-cut illustrations give distinctive appeal to a familiar tale. A wee little woman has a wee little house and a wee little cat and cow. One day she milks the cow and leaves the milk on her wee little table, where it is stolen by the mischievous cat. The woman scolds the cat, who runs away. But when he finally returns, the wee little woman welcomes it back with a big bowl of milk. This reassuring story is told in simple worlds with lots of repetition. The large paper cuts are done in primary colors against vivid green and yellow backgrounds in designs that are simple yet humorous and expressive. A satisfying and attractive choice for the very young.