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Minerva Louise Hardcover – March 31, 1988

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From Publishers Weekly

Unaffected illustrations, captivating in their simplicity, tell of a--literally--foul exploratory outing. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 Minerva Louise, a chicken- brained white hen, explores the inside of the farm house with a certainty that would make Mr. Magoo proud. She de scribes the household items in terms of her barnyard worldthe cat is a ``friendly cow,'' the bedspread is ``a meadow of flowers''all the while overlooking the people inside. This, the winner of the Dutton Picture Book Competition, is a one-joke story, but one that should nevertheless amuse preschoolers. The simple text in large type is just right for beginning readers. Illustrations are simple outlined shapes in flat blocks of color, bordered with a wavy rule and placed above the text on each page. Minerva Louise, a bean-bag of a chicken, is an engaging fowl. Da vid Gale, ``School Library Journal''
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Series: Minerva Louise
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (March 31, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525443746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525443742
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It's never a good idea to begin a review of one book by lambasting a completely different book. But then, I'm not too keen on good ideas. When I look at the beautiful beautiful book that is, "Minerva Louise", I am astonished by its simplicity. It's fabulous how with only a few well chosen lines, author/illustrator Janet Morgan Stoeke is able to create something as perfect as this little book. Compare this with other awful and simplistic books ("Where's Spot?" anyone?) and this becomes even more of a monumental accomplishment than it originally appeared.

The story's just as simple as the pictures. One day the sweet chicken Minerva Louise (who greatly admires the farmhouse) decides that it might be a good idea if she poked her head in and looked around. Once inside she gathers all sorts of odd ideas. A flowerpot of daisies is reduced to flattened flowers when Minerva takes it for a comfortable chair. The sleeping cat? A friendly cow, of course. In her barnyard-mindedness a tricycle is a tractor and a flower coverlet on a bed is a meadow. After further examinations (and unintentional chicken mischief) Minerva decides that she would prefer to live in the yard but that she'll visit the house. In a final panel, Minerva sits contentedly on a pie on the windowsill, "because she loved the house with the red curtains".

And I love Minerva. There just aren't enough worthy chicken protagonists in picture books today. Moreover, there aren't enough picture books that tell a straightforward story with the wit and storytelling skills found in this little marvel. I know I'm gushing over this thing, but it's one of those books you need to see firsthand to understand.
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Minerva Louise is the chicken version of Amelia Bedelia, and ideal for the youngest children -- the art is bright and bold, the humor very obvious and accessible.
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I read several of the Minerva Louise stories during the school year to my preK Fours and they love them. These are stories that they ask for over and over (it's a good thing I enjoy them, too!). Children enjoy being "experts" and finding mistakes - Minerva Louise gives them plenty of practice.
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Minerva Louise is one of my favorite characters. I read it and re read it to my preschool students and they always love it! It is so funny! You will love it too! I have all Minerva Louise books. I definitely recommend all of them!!
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We recently formed a cooperative with 3 other families to raise chickens for eggs for our families. Minerva Louise is just delightful and her quirky view of the world will delight young readers and bring a smile to the face of those who read to them.
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This book is one that is still near and dear to my heart, more than 18 years later. It's a simple, sweet tale that my mother read to me (and then I would later read to her) countless times before bed, but it's one that leaves you with a pleasant, satisfied feeling. It's almost magical. Its simplicity is what makes it so very endearing, and I myself would always dream about how delightful it must feel to sit upon a warm, freshly baked pie.
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