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Let's Play In The Forest While The Wolf Is Not Around Hardcover – September 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439823234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439823234
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–One by one, a group of animals assembles in the woods, repeating the titular exclamation, then asking, Wolf, are you there? The left side of each spread depicts the growing number of creatures cavorting among the tree trunks, engaged in fun and games, while the facing pages show the wolf responding to each one, describing his actions, e.g., I am putting on my socks….I am putting on my jacket…. At the beginning of the story, the small wolf is in the background but, with every inquiry, he appears larger, until his large face fills the page. Once he finishes dressing, he shouts, …I am very hungry! And I'm going to eat…, leaving the animals quaking with fear. The tension is broken as he sits down to his mother's pancakes before heading off to school. The artwork was created on digital prints using graphite pencil. The pages are clean, focusing attention on the simply drawn but wildly expressive animals. The effect is very pleasing. The story, based on a traditional French and Latin-American song, is fun to read aloud since each page includes the repeated chant. A surefire storytime pleaser and an ideal choice for dialogic reading.–Linda Zeilstra Sawyer, Skokie Public Library, IL
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From Booklist

The animals chant "Let's play in the forest while the wolf is not around" on the left-hand side of each double-page spread; on the opposite page, the wolf is slowly getting dressed, one item at a time ("I am putting on my underpants"). He is also getting bigger and hungrier with each turn of the page. The book is based on a traditional song that Rueda sang in Spanish while growing up in Colombia, and in a note at the back, which includes musical notation, she mentions that the folk rhyme originated in sixteenth-century France. On flat backgrounds, the angular, minimally detailed but colorful digital images, enhanced with a few light pencil strokes, show the animals at play in the forest, always chanting the same line, as the wolf slowly readies himself for . . . a surprise. This is a great song for toddlers to act out as they are getting dressed, especially because they will love being the scary monster. Pair this with Maurice Sendak's classicWhere the Wild Things Are. Hazel Rochman
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More About the Author

Claudia Rueda is a Colombian picture book author and illustrator. She is the illustrator of The New York Times Best Seller Here Comes The Easter Cat and the author of the Oppenheim Platinum Award My Little Polar Bear among others. Her picture books have been published throughout North America, Europe and Asia and have been translated into more than ten different languages.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abby Connors on December 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm surprised to see that this book is no longer available direct from Amazon - it's one of my favorites to read with the young children I teach. Based on a Mexican/South American game (there are many versions), the animals keep pausing in their revels to ask, "Oh, Wolf! Are you there?" and he says "I am putting on my underpants" (the kids' favorite, of course), or "my pants," or "my shirt," etc. I have the children join in on the chant "Oh Wolf! Are you there?" and they love it. The ending is a fun surprise - the wolf is there, and ready to eat - pancakes! Cute illustrations too. Really wonderful book.
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By Amie on May 12, 2014
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I didnt expect a book that had basically been pulled apart and placed back together with the original hardcover paper covering as the books cover, but it is readable just delicate.
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This is a fabulous story to read to groups of pre-schoolers. The pictures are large and clear. The story unfolds to a surprise ending that keeps the children engaged. I use it to help talk about being worried and tolerance, but it is also just plain fun. Can be read or sung (music in the back). Worth the price given that apparently it is out of print--I hope it is reprinted!
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By Music teacher on May 25, 2013
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I am using this in an elementary music class. The story is engaging, the song is easy to learn , and there is even a game to play that goes with it. I found some additional activities online to complement this book. I can't wait to try it out.
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