From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Seymour the sheep and Rachel the rabbit are waiting for storytime to begin. Mary Clare, a little girl in a red dress, is asleep, sprawled across a large, overstuffed armchair clutching a book; she's clearly the reader. Then Florentina, a "great big flowery bear," arrives and suggests that they wait for the girl to stir. She tries to sit in Mary Clare's chair, but it's much too small. Fortunately, the child wakes up and begins to read. As the friends settle into their favorite chairs, however, they find that they cannot all see the pictures comfortably. The charming resolution finds the three snuggled comfortably in Florentina's lap in the big armchair. Heap's double-paged acrylic illustrations are gorgeous and fitting; a subtle palette of neutral and pastel colors creates a soothing background, keeping the focus on the four characters. There's plenty of whimsical humor in this slow-paced story, and it all works to bear out Heap's sweet message that sharing books together is a joyous experience. Toddlers and preschoolers will be delighted to meet these four lovable friends.Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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PreS. "It's storytime" are the first words in this charming picture book. Seymour the sheep and Rachel the rabbit are in their chairs and ready. A sleeping child named Mary Clare holds the storybook. Florentine the bear wants to join in, but she has trouble fitting into the last available chair. When Mary Clare awakes, storytime begins, but her friends insist they cannot see the pictures. Then comes a comical shifting of seats, until the four friends pile into the largest chair where, together, they can see and enjoy the story. There's a cozy feel about the book, with the whimsical story line and boldly colored illustrations adding a slightly jolly air: the sheep is striped, the rabbit has polka-dots, and the bear is covered in colorful, elegant flowers. The themes of friendship and the joy in sharing a good book make this title a natural for reading aloud, and even the littlest listener will recognize the anticipation and enjoyment that accompany storytime. Jennifer LockeCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved