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Bob Hardcover – September 25, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

A rooster with a bit of an identity crisis takes center coop in this lighthearted picture book about the sounds various animals make. Bob the rooster has always clucked right along with the chickens he lives with. But when Henrietta the cat tells Bob he needs to learn how to crow in order to "wake up the girls every morning" he's thrown. Henrietta offers the only help she can and teaches Bob to meow. Further farm and countryside research results in Bob mimicking all manner of noises "Woof,... Moo... and Ribbet-Ribbet-Hop-Hop" among them. At last, he happens upon a bird that resembles him and learns to deliver a rousing "cock-a-doodle-do!" However, it's Bob's mastery of other animals' expressions that proves particularly handy when a fox comes slinking around. Pearson's (Where Does Joe Go?) kicky pencil-and-watercolor scenes give this simple barnyard tale a vibrant sense of sound and movement. Bob's black-and-white speckled plumage and flame-red cock's comb offers readers something to crow about. Ages 3-6.
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From School Library Journal

reSchool-K-Bob has a problem. Living as he does among the chickens, all he can do is cluck. But Henrietta the cat sets him straight: "Bob.-You need to stop clucking and learn how to crow-.That's what roosters do." This advice sends him on a search among the animals of field and forest for one who will teach him to crow. Before he gets it right, Bob has learned to "meow-meow," "woof-wag," "ribbet-ribbet-hop-hop," "moooooo," and even "yum-yum-bugs" (a substitute for cud-chewing); but he finally meets Fred, a rooster who obliges with the proper lesson. Back in the henhouse, Bob is too excited to sleep, so he is wide awake when a fox comes in. His "cock-a-doodle-do" doesn't scare the villain, but the rest of his repertoire terrifies the intruder, particularly his "yum-yum-fox." From then on Bob wakes Henrietta and the girls each morning, either with "cock-a-doodle-do" or, if he feels like it, with "Meow-Woof Ribbet-Moooo Yum-Yum-Bugs!" The droll, repetitious text, perfect for reading aloud, is delightfully complemented by bright, lively watercolor illustrations. Soft, pastoral, rough-sketched backgrounds are offset by vivid animal renderings, with Bob's bold black-and-white speckles and red comb and wattles stealing the show. The younger crowd will love it.
Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (September 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374399573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374399573
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,596,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Library Binding
Speaking truthfully one day, Henrietta informs Bob that he is not a chicken but a rooster, therefore he needs to stop clucking and learn to crow! Will she teach him, he asks? No! She kindly explains that she is a cat and only teach him how to meow. SO Bob learns to meow but then goes off in search of a rooster. Along the way he meets a variety of creatures who all teach him how to make their sound but not how to crow.

Finally Bob meets Fred, a fine looking rooster who does indeed show him how to crow. Bob can now return to the chicken coop. Too excited to sleep, he is awake when the "stranger" comes. Who is it? Will Bob be able to protect his girls? If so, how?

This book is a fun read and has an amusing ending. Very enjoyable for youngsters.
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Format: Hardcover
We have been reading this book to my 3 year old for at least a year...my mom has it at her house for him, AND he still grabs it every time we visit the library and he happens to catch it in the corner of his eye! It's a great story too about try and try again until you get it right - some times it is not easy to find what you are looking for AND of tolerance towards those that are different than yourself! Everyone (every animal...) has something to teach if you take the time to listen! Also...Bob is an interesting rooster who uses his learnings...although a little unusual...to save the day & brighten it in the mean time too!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is funny. My girls loved it and I love it. I get books from the library that have some level of educational value to it, and I also make sure to get books that are just for fun. And this book is fun. This is the first book that i have ever checked out from the library and loved so much that I wanted a copy of our own. If you are looking for a book with loads of "educational value", you might want to look else where. But if you want an entertaining book that you won't mind reading to your kids over and over, look not further. :-)
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Format: Paperback
We got this book in paperback as a gift when our little one was 7 months old. He's now 2 years old and it is still one of his favorite books. Excellent for reading aloud for learning animal sounds. There are also motions for when your little ones get older - learning to "woof and wag" (tail) for example. Our little one liked the owl and how Bob whispers "Bob, Bob, Bob." This book is a lot of fun for all and will grow with your little one. I recommend it for all - yourself, your classroom, your friends. Enjoy.
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We found this book in a library visiting the grandparents, and my three-year old loved it! He thought it was hilariously funny, and we read it many many times before it was time to go home. He keeps asking about it, and now we may have to get our own copy. And I agree with previous reviewer that it is not one of those books that you dread reading over and over again. It is a cute book with nice illustrations, and with a good message as well.
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I don't know why there are so many stories about farm animals, and apparently a whole subgenre devoted to farm animals who make the wrong sounds for whatever reason, but this one really is funny. I teach preschoolers and they think it's hilarious when the rooster makes all the wrong animal sounds, and they love to make the noises too. They also love the funny illustrations.
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Format: Hardcover
This one makes my three year old giggle out loud. It's a cute story, with cute pictures. It's definitely a keeper. She asks me to read it almost every night, and it's a good enough read that I don't cringe when she pulls it out for the 8 millionth time.
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So cute! Bob hasn't learned to crow yet, so he leaves the farm to find out how. The lessons he learns away from the chicken coop prove invaluable upon his return. Fantastic, colorful, creative illustrations, a must-have for your 3 to 7 year old.
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