This little chick has a lot to say. Making the rounds on the farm one day, our fine, feathered friend learns to mimic all his barnyard buddies, from pigs to frogs to cows:
This little chick from over the way
went to laze with the cows one day.
And what do you think they heard him say?
Moo Moo Moo Moo Moo Moo
Young readers will love predicting what sounds the feisty chick will make next as he swims, jumps, and skips his way through the day. And everyone will be as ready as he is to curl up for a much-needed rest when he finally returns home to his mom to share all he has learned. John Lawrence's take on a traditional rhyme is enhanced by his eye-catching illustrations, made with vinyl engravings, printed wood textures, and watercolor washes. Especially marvelous are the black sheep frolicking in their curly, swirly wool coats. (Ages 1 to 4) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
Lawrence's (The Mysteries of Zigomar) closely detailed, dynamic vinyl engravings lift this book well above the typical barnyard sound survey. With their bold outlines, burnished colors, rich textures and genial-looking characters, the illustrations pull readers into every spread. The eponymous hero has a gift for mimicry. Strutting around on gangly orange legs, he visits five groups of animals, collecting their distinctive sounds. "This little chick from over the way/ went to skip with the lambs one day," writes Lawrence in a characteristic spread, "And what do you think they heard him say?" On the next spread, the chick is shown leaping into the sky with his fleecy friends as his "Baa" resounds typographically (and repeatedly) through the air. Elsewhere, as the chick entertains a mother duck and her young with his quacking, the aquatic setting becomes a feast of geometric patterns. Sound may be the little chick's forte, but the real pleasure of this book lies in the author/artist's visual imagination. Ages 2-up.
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