|Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa!|
by Petr Horacek
|final two page spread - notice how the previous pages|
create the body of the cow
To continue on the cow theme....
|I am Cow, Hear Me Moo!|
by Jill Esbaum & Gus Gordon
Jill Esbaum's text provides a nice range of vocabulary words not usually found in children's books. Some of these words includ the following: curdled, gulped, prickled, jiff, hollered, glancing, bellowed, cranny, and many others. I'm sure young readers will question the meaning of these words, which is great! I would be willing to bet after hearing this story, children will begin using some of these words in their daily communication.
Gordon's illustrations are great throughout the book. I loved going through trying to figure out how each spread was created. The illustrations were created using watercolors, pencils, crayons, and collage. The materials used in the collage pieces include old ledger pages, photographs, wallpaper, textured paper, and newspaper.
Even though this title has "cow" in the title, it is actually more about a restless dog. Dog begins to drive Bird crazy because of his need to move, chase, and round up everything in the house. Bird tells Dog, "You're supposed to herd cows. Not chiars, not rugs. You need a cow." Thus begins Dog's adventure. When he makes his way into the country he meets farm animals he mistakes for a cow, including a chicken, a pig, and a donkey. Does Dog find what he is searching for in the country? Does he make his way back home? Like all of their previous collaborations, the Stevens sisters are a dynamic duo in the children's picture book departement and never fail to satisfy their readers.
|Find a Cow Now!|
by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
From cows to pigs....
by Leslie Helakoski
|Pigs on the Family Farm|
by Chana Stiefel
Pigs on the Family Farm is a wonderful (non-fiction book for young children. The text provides a great deal of information in vocabulary easy enough for young readers to understand. The color photographs are large and have boxed text with additional information about the family's daily routine of taking care of their pigs. The "Words to Know" (glossary) is at the beginning of the book, which is perfect placement for introducing words that will be encountered while reading. These words are printed in bold when later used in the text. One two page spread shows five different breeds of pigs (Berkshire, Duroc, KuneKune, Tamworth, and Yorkshire). A minimal life cycle of a pig is also included at the end of the book. It is mentioned this family raises their pigs for meat and the different times of meat that come from pigs, however it does not go into further detail about how the meat is acquired ~ which I appreciate. This is one of four books currently in the series Animals on the Family Farm published by Enslow. The other titles in the series include the following titles: Chickens on teh Family Farm, Goats on the Family Farm, and Sheep on the Family Farm.