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Possum Come A-Knockin' (Dragonfly Books) Paperback – August 25, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Dragonfly Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reprint edition (August 25, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679834680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679834687
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Outside, there's a full moon in the sky and a grinning possum in a top hat with mischief on his mind. Inside, Granny's knitting, Pappy's whittling and other members of a slightly eccentric family are trying to get some chores done. Possum knocks at the door, setting off an hilarious chain reaction as the family pets go wild. The youngest child discovers the cause of the ruckus--only to be made a fool of when Pa and Ma investigate and the possum scurries into hiding. Practically begging to be read aloud, Van Laan's cumulative rhyme is a real toe-tapper, with a delightfully "down-home" flavor and an infectious syncopated rhythm. The characters that populate Booth's cartoon-like illustrations have a goofy charm (Tom-cat looks like a direct descendant of Bloom County's Bill). Ages 4 - 8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- Possum tracks on the end papers lead directly to a pink-eyed, long-tailed possum in top hat and vest, energetically knocking on the door to a house. The indoor activities of the family members are viewed through a window and described in a rhyming, rhythmic, erratically cumulative text. "Possum come a-knockin' at the door, at the door. Possum come a-knockin' at the door," says the girl who narrates. When the child finally convinces everyone to look outside, Possum hides behind a tree; they've all been tricked, and one suspects it may all happen again. Booth's trademark swinging lightbulb and demented dog and cat are here, but they're toned down a bit for the audience, and the addition of watercolor seems to have a calming influence as well. There are some problems: the family activities are stereotyped (Pa is hammering, Pappy's whittling, Ma is cooking, Granny's knitting); there may be objections to the use of mountain dialect, and there is an occasional weakness in the text. But children will relish the nonsense of it all and will soon be chanting along. --Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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We were always begging, "Read it ONE MORE TIME!!!!"
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It is a fun rhythmic tale with great illustrations and a funny story.
Kera
My kids love this book, and it's one we read over and over again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Windridge on September 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
My family's all-time favorite read-aloud book. This is the only book I was ever willing to read as many times as it was requested. The story and illustrations are whimsical and fun and the rhythm rolling and delightful. A "must have" for any family library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Daughtry on October 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
Possum Come a Knockin'

Nancy Van Laan

Illustrations by George Booth

A mischievous, well-dressed trickster, Possum, knocks on the door of a busy country family. Chaos ensues with hollerin', fussin' and cussin' when Possum's knockin' disrupts Granny's knittin', Ma's cookin', Pa's fixin', Dawg's a twitchin' and a scratchin' and Pappy's whittlin'. When the whole family stops their activities and quietly opens the door to see who is knocking, wily Possum sneaks off. The Southern dialect brings this knee-slapping, rhythmic, chanting story to life. George Booth's creative illustrations of the family, their pets and the top-hatted Possum add more facets to this tale with his hilarious visual gags. This funny, quirky story will quickly become a favorite of the whole family. Nancy Van Laan's toe-tapping tale with its rich vernacular is often incorporated into primary classroom instruction in music for its rhythm and also in Language Arts instruction as an example in dialects. Possum Come a-Knockin' is a 1990 Parents' Choice Award Winner.

BIBLIO: 1992, A Dragonfly Book Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Ages 3-9, $14.99.

REVIEWER: Sheila Daughtry

FORMAT: Picture Book

ISBN: 0-679-83468-0

ISBN: 0679847839
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ...Loggie... on June 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
Well, a "Possum come a-knockin' at the door, at the door. Possum come a-knockin' at the door." This possum. By simply knockin' manages to send the whole house into uproar.
This is a great book to read out loud because the words have a natural rhythm and the story sounds much better read out loud because of it. The story flows wonderfully; it has to the way it was written.
The illustrations are also very good. They do an excellent job of capturing the emotions- the devilish smile on the possum's face, the frustration of the narrator, and the bewilderment of the rest of the family.
For all its many wonderful characteristics, the way this book reads is what makes it so special and unique.
Loggie-log-log-log
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Cancelada on May 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I do not read poetry to my children. English is not my native language and, to my dismay, I am "tone-deaf" to English rhyme. This little book was a rear and happy exception. We read it over and over and over - the whole family was chanting and enacting "possim", who "came a-knockin' on the door, on the door..." I hope, you will discover what a riot it is to chant and play possim rhymes with your 3-year old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on March 11, 2010
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... when he was four or five. I had to read it so many times that I almost knew it by heart, and lines from it like "Granny was a-sittin and a-rockin and a-knittin" became descriptive tags for daily events of life. The text by Nancy van Laan is cumulative but not overly so. Just as you get one rhythm of it, the beat will change. The illustrations by George Booth, familiar to New Yorker readers, are hilarious.

This is a kind of Coen Brothers 'take' on rural Southern life, an "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" for the lap-reading set. I imagine that some people would be offended by it, since it's written in dialect, it shows a three-generational family in a shabby setting, and the "coon dawg" obviously has fleas. Is it condescending? Yup, ah reckon so. But as I said, my son loved it, so I've just bought a brand new copy to be sent to my four-year-old nephew in North Carolina, where neither possums nor shabby housing are unknown. I hope he likes it, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By taylor on February 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have read, and read, and read this story to my class of Kindergartners so many times they can say it from memory. We all love the funny illustrations but our favorite thing about this book is the language. The dialect is so fun to read and to listen to. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a vivid repeating story that is fun to read aloud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1999
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Both my daughter and I used this delightful book in our classrooms and the children were entranced. In my music classroom we made up a game to extend the fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dixie Chips on September 12, 2003
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This is one of my very favorite books for children, ever.
It has such cute pictures in it, and it's also very funny...
That makes it is just as much fun for the adult who is reading it, as it is for the kids.
And it has a fun, bouncy rythm that makes it fun to read...
Kids just love it, and they soon learn the lines by heart.
They want to read it again and again.
This one is a "keeper" for sure, and a great gift to give as well...
This is one of the few childrens' books that stand out so much in my mind, that I tell people that they have got to go buy this book...
Now if everyone would just listen to me !! LOL!
Have fun, and your kids will too !
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