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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An excellent rendition! 24 April 2000
By Ruhama Kordatzky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
From the award winner Ezra Jack Keats comes another masterpiece of a picture book. Based on the original by Olive Wadsworth, Keats's animals come alive on the page as the babies perform their mothers' commands. Keats uses bright colors and simple lines to make this a good book for sharing with a large group or single child.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An Old Favorite, Well Done 24 May 2005
By Pam - mom-ish since 2000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are many, many different illustrations of these verses, but Mr. Keats has certainly done an excellent job of making his book distinctive.

Whereas most of the other books have pastel, baby-style, cartoonish drawings, this book is done in a 'more mature' style, using watercolors in a darker palette. [I would direct you to the Amazon "Search Inside this book" feature but ironically it doesn't seem to be working. Instead take a look at the turtle on the back cover to get an idea.]

Five Stars. A classic rhyme with distinctive artwork. This is a book for preschoolers and kindergarteners, etc. that well may be weary of babish artwork.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Provides for an Interactive Story Time 23 Oct. 2006
By Ann Marie Grumm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is my most favorite rendition (Ezra Jack Keats, Illustrator). I believe different versions of this picture book use different verses from the original poem by Olive Wadsworth since they include different creatures. I've been using this particular version for years.

This story (regardless the rendition) provides for interactive story telling as kids like to guess what number comes next before you turn the page. If it doesn't come natural to them, simply prompt them.

I began sharing this story with a Scholastic edition which had a read-along cassette with a musical re-telling (I highly recommend it). Now, I sing this text and the kids provide the turn the page signals (I prompt them to hum the tune that was used on that Scholastic cassette, now CD).

A counting story, a story in rhyme. Playful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great calming book for toddlers 9 Nov. 2009
By S. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I received this book as a gift when our daughter was around 10 months old. She was not into it at all, and I put it aside as I thought it had too much text for a small child. However, I remember the gift giver saying that it was amazing how at some point it clicked with her children and they loved this book.

At around 12 months of age, my daughter started to show interest in books. I started to read this to her and to my surprise, it became a favorite of hers. The story is rhythmic and the illustrations are gentle, and I can rock her back and forth in my lap as I read it to her. It's a wonderful calming book when your child needs a moment of rest, a cuddle, or for right before bed.

I would definitely buy this book again, or as a gift to someone else.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
MELLOW TEXT AND BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS...Very soothing and interesting at the same time. 27 July 2011
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is probably one of the most melodic and soothing counting books available. Not only is the wonderful rhythm established by the author almost hypnotic, but the beautiful illustrations are not only mellow and soothing, but they are fascinating and fun to examine with the little ones. This is a progressive number book; one through ten, which uses animals and their children to teach counting. The first verse features a mother turtle with her baby:

"...In the sand in the sun
Lived an old mother turtle
and her little turtle one.
Dig said the mother.
We dig said the one.
So they dug all day
in the sand in the sun."

The illustrations are executed in soothing earth colors and if the reader looks closely she or he will find dragon flies, ducks, beetles, worms, frogs and all sorts of little critters and quite a number of various well drawn plants and flowers. These are happy pictures simply full of life and promise.

The story progresses through fish, owls, rats (cute ones), bees, crows, green frogs (froggies), lizards, ducks and finally beavers....

"Over in the meadow
in a cozy wee den
Lived an old mother beaver
and her little beavers ten.
Beave said the mother.
We beave said the ten.
So they beaved all day
in a cozy wee den."

Each short verse has a full page illustration opposite featuring the animal and animal children in their natural habitat. But as I indicated above...look closely, there is much to see in each picture.

This work came out in 2002 and is just as popular today as it was the day it was released. It is a perfect one on one read although it does quite well as a group read also. This is the sort of book that just makes you happy when you read it.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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