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The Grumpy Morning Hardcover – January 1, 1900


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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1ATalk about waking up on the wrong side of the bed! When morning arrives, a cow moos to be milked, a hog squeals for her meal, and a horse neighs for his hay. A dog, a goat, a rabbit, and the rest join in the fray, each with its own special needs. One by one, the animals voice their demands, then queue up and march into their mistress's bedroom. Faced with the grumpy group, the bewildered and sleepy farmer "...opened an eye and said with a cry,/'Is that the time? Oh, my! Oh, my!'" With greetings all around, each member of this farm family is finally cared for and fed. Warm, sun-drenched watercolors in early morning yellows and greens have a fresh and airy look. Simply rendered scenes include just the right amount of detail, including empty food dishes, long morning shadows, and a little barn owl who squeezes into each double-page spread. The simple, rhyming, patterned text begs to be read aloud or alone. A cozy story that is sure to comfort a cranky child and entertain groups.APaula A. Kiely, Milwaukee Public Library, WI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

When the farmer oversleeps, it's not her alarm clock that awakens her, but a cacophony of grumpy barnyard animals. It starts with the cow, in sore need of milking. She's quickly joined by the famished dog, the starving goat, and the hungry hog. Other animals need breakfast, too. The orange cat even joins the parade in hopes of getting a hug. With all the animals crowded around her, the farmer wakes up to nuzzles and licks. She hurries to do the neglected chores, and completes the discombobulated morning with a big hug for her cat. Labrosse's sunny drawings match Edward's happy rhyme and its amiable female lead; the only aspect that may be off is the titlethe players are never discontented enough to qualify as really, truly grumpy. (Picture book. 2-5) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 320L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1st edition (January 1, 1900)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786803312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786803316
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Pamela Duncan Edwards grew up in the Wirral, but has spent most of her adult life in the USA. She worked as a children's librarian before becoming a writer and is now the bestselling author of over 30 children's books.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My preschool children love this book about a kind farmer and her animals. As the impatient animals demand breakfast, love, and attention from the sleepy farmer, parents and children can draw some humorous parallels to their own family mornings!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The pictures are great, and you can never go wrong with farm animals to capture a child's interest. The latent feminist in me was very pleased to discover that the farmer was a woman. I've read this to my 2 1/2 year old son at least fifty times, and he keeps asking it for it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa O'Hare on December 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Grumpy Morning is a fun book to read to youngsters. Filled with ryhming sentences, the text seems to roll of off your tongue. Young children will enjoy hearing about the noise and ruckus the farm animals create when they realize they have not been fed. This misfortune creates the mood for The Grumpy Morning. After travelling through the farm with each animal, the author takes you into the farmers bedroom, who seems to have slept through her morning ritual of feeding her animals. As she is awoke by the noise of the grumpy animals, she emerges with a smile on her face and proceeds to feed and love her animals.The story is told from the point of view of a barn owl, who cannot go to sleep because of all of the noise that morning. The final page of the book shows the owl in his nestm finally ready to go to sleep, now that his friends are fed, happy, and most importantly quiet.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on October 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My toddler daughter absolutely loves this book. She likes seeing the farm animals and making the animal sounds. She loves to find the owl on each page. I enjoy the rhyming and the simple story. We enjoy this book so much I bought a second copy because we are wearing out the book!
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By Macan on April 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book for preschoolers who quickly identify the common farm animals and their sounds. It is rhyming so it can be sung, which totally delights children. The illustrations are nice and colorful and the story is short and simple so the youngest children can enjoy it. I don't think anyone remains grumpy after reading it and seeing the nice farm "woman" feed and love her animals after oversleeping and making them all hungry and grumpy.
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