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Pig, Horse, or Cow, Don't Wake Me Now Hardcover – September 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385320329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385320320
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,098,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It's rare to find a photograph making a pig look cuddlesome, but Alda clearly possesses the skills to bring out every endearing quality of her animal subjects. In this companion volume to Sheep, Sheep, Sheep, Help Me Fall Asleep, jaunty rhymes and unadorned, close-up images depict an early-morning chain reaction, beginning with the awakening of a peacock, whose call for corn wakes up a pig, whose "oinks woke up a calf next door/ Who wondered what the noise was for." The dawn is then greeted by a lamb, duck, horse, cat and, finally, a boy (the last-mentioned, however, is somewhat reluctant). At the breakfast table, the child "looked at his mom. He was happy, of course.../ Then he ate like a pig and chomped like a horse." A very happy meshing of verse and visuals. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-A companion to Alda's Sheep, Sheep, Sheep, Help Me Fall Asleep (Doubleday, 1992) that once again makes a connection between the animal and human world. Written in elementary rhyme, the story starts with a peacock calling for corn, and from there one creature's sounds wake up another-a calf, a lamb, a duck, etc.-in succession, until finally a boy is roused from his dreams. He races his mother down to breakfast, where he "ate like a pig and chomped like a horse." While the flow of the opening pages works well, the leap to the waking boy is less convincing. His exploits take up the latter half of the book, slowing the narrative considerably. Only very young children who delight in seeing photographs of real animals would find much of interest in this title. While the pictures are colorful and sharply focused, they are rather static. Only by moving back to the resplendent peacock does the book regain a sense of composure and closure.
Martha Topol, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
It's a shame this book has gone out of print. It's such a sweet, gentle book and the rhymes, while a bit sing-songy, aren't at all cloying. My toddler and preschooler love hearing me speak in the animal voices. This one really gives them the giggles! Highly recommended if you can find a copy!
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I agree that this book should remain in print. We got it at the library, but we can't keep it forever. I'm going to buy it used so we can have a copy. My not-quite-2-year-old son asks for this book nearly every day!
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