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One, Two, Three O'Leary Hardcover – September 7, 2004


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PreSchool-Grade 2–Doyle strings together traditional skipping, ball-bouncing, and counting-out rhymes to create a boisterous bedtime story. The 10 O'Leary children are tucked into a large bed by their parents. As soon as their mother and father leave the room, however, they begin to bounce on the bed to a series of rhythmic rhymes ("Ibble obble,/Blue bottle,/Ibble obble OUT!" or "Red, white, and blue,/The cat's got flu,/The dog's got chicken pox,/And OUT goes you!"). Each poem ends with one of the children landing on the floor. Eventually, every young O'Leary is "OUT," and then the grown-ups come in to join the action. In the end, the little ones return to bed. Some of the rhymes are based on traditional Irish chants, and some are a bit nonsensical, but all are great fun. Featuring crisp, bold colors, the collage and mixed-media illustrations show this family enjoying a rip-roaring good time. The tongue-twisting text will have kids laughing out loud.–Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL
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Malachy Doyle is an extremely talented, prize-winning author. He has written several picture books for Simon and Schuster. The Dancing Tiger won the Nestle Children's Book Prize Silver Award, and Cow won the English Association Award for Non-Fiction. Malachy lives in County Donegal, Ireland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (September 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689855133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689855139
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,459,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The ten O'Leary children share one very, very wide bed, and getting out of it is lots of fun! Each sibling, one at a time, tumbles, rolls, dives, slides, or somehow booted out of bed by another sibling in this gleefully fun book of nonsense and some sense rhymes. Author Doyle explains that children counted, bounced balls, and played skipping games to these rhymes, many of them Irish, and many of which "bring back fond memories of my childhood in Whitehead, County Antrim."

The book begins with a simple counting scheme ("One, two, three O'Learys, four, five, six..."), although the vivid colors and textures begin on page one. The text, however, becomes as wild and unpredictable as the frolicking kids (who unfailingly smile as their siblings de-bed them). Doyle's silly verse accompanies illustrations bursting with action and an amazing variety of unusual yet pleasing colors. On one of the 2-page spreads, three sisters dance in unison on the bed, while a smiling boy with a rainbow wig slides (is kicked?) off. Echoing the three sisters, the parents and even the pets perform a little jig as well.

Hickety pickety, eye silickity,

Pompalorum jig.

I wish I hadn't any hair,

One, two, three,

OUT goes he!

In a show of unity, the ten kids then shake daddy out of bed, chase him down a fire pole connecting the top and bottom floors (!), and grab his and each others' coattails as he runs outside through the snow. Later, they climb a knotted rope up the fire pole!

Catch him by the waistcoat,

The jacket, and the overcoat.

Tell him he's a billygoat

And CHASE HIM DOWN THE STAIRS!
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By Jessica Hatfield on December 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
The only good comment I have regarding this book is the skill of the illustrator. The story line itself is just nonsense words that hardly follows an actual plot. Maybe good for a child to read who's practicing sounding out their words but not for parents to read to kids.
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Format: Hardcover
I use this book in my elementary music classroom. I play some Irish music in the background and read the book rhythmically. The kids love it!
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By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although sort of abstract, it's a easy read for little ones and my granddaughter giggles when she sees out last name on a book.
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