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Mommies Say Shhhby Patricia Polacco
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Goats say "Maa-Maa-Maa." Birds say "Cheep-Cheep-Cheep." Horses say "Neigh-Neigh-Neigh." Rabbits say nothing at all! But when all of these animals get together and raise a honking, braying, neighing ruckus, what do mommies say? "Shhhhhh!"
With the simplest of texts and a variety of fun animal noises, Patricia Polacco has created another read-aloud winner for the preschool crowd.
"Polacco takes readers back to the land of the busy, barefoot and babushka-clad villagers last visited in Oh, Look!, although this time the results are less satisfying. A passel of children gambols through rolling farmland, delighting in the distinctive sounds of woodland and farm animals. Most of the encounters have a soupon of magic in them. A boy goes nose to nose with a squirrel on a branch ('Squirrels say Chee, chee, chee'); a group of industrious girls find they can pull knitting yarn right out of a sheep's coat ('Sheep say baa, baa, baa'). Given all this racket, the fact that 'bunnies say nothing at all' seems quite remarkable; in fact, Polacco turns that observation into a kind of counterpoint refrain ('Geese say honk, honk, honk./ Bunnies say nothing at all'). And where do mommies fit into this picture? They make a pretty impressive sound, too — especially when noisy animals might wake up a sleeping baby. Once again, Polacco does a beautiful job of visually presenting her world — readers may well embrace her radiant renderings and happy-go-lucky familiar characters. But in spite of all the energy expended within the pages (Polacco loves to show people and animals running hither and yon in full stride), readers may miss her usual narrative momentum. Though wonderfully realized, the pictures feel more like set pieces than images that build on one another. Ages 3-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
With the simplest of texts and a variety of fun animal noises, Polacco creates this winning read-aloud farmyard story for the very young. (Baby/Preschool)
About the Author
Patricia Polacco is a storyteller and illustrator who has published over thirty picture books. She travels all over the country visiting schools, conferences, and bookstores, and is known as a popular and energetic speaker.
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