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Sitting Down to Eat Hardcover – December 15, 2005

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3. This appealing, cumulative tale features a boy who opens his door to an ever-growing group of animals; he politely invites each new arrival to join him for lunch, until the overcrowded house explodes. Readers are placed right inside the famous mitten of the Ukrainian folktale (a derivation Harley points out in an author's note, with a special nod to Jan Brett). Harvill's kinetic-looking, highly stylized cut-paper illustrations match the story's energy and achieve an offbeat attitude to elevate Harley's neat rhymes. The familiar animals (an elephant, a rhino, a tiger, a whale, a caterpillar, etc.) and foods (pizza, birthday cake, popcorn, etc.), are recognizable through their stylizations. With a formula right out of Bill Martin's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Holt, 1983) and Sue Williams's I Went Walking (Harcourt, 1990), Sitting Down to Eat doesn't test any uncharted waters, but its bright interpretation shines with its own light. The text is slightly adapted from the lyrics of Harley's song by the same title, found on Come On Out and Play (Round River, 1996) and Big Big World (A&M, 1993). The lyrics land successfully on the printed page, where they bounce along with their own rhythm, no music given and none necessary.?Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA
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Sitting Down To Eat ($15.95; Sept. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-87483-460- 0): A song becomes a cumulative rhyming story about a child sitting down to eat, repeatedly interrupted by knocks at the door and animals clamoring to join in. ``If I've got enough for me, yes, that's true./If I've got enough for me,/I've got enough for you./Come on in!'' The rhymes maintain a strong beat; children will love shouting out refrains, as well as the ``BOOM'' that brings the house down when one last visitor is admitted. With Harvill's frenetic cut-paper collages, this is playful and lively. (Picture book. 4-7) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: August House (December 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874834600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874834604
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,599,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Greenville, Ohio, Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy® award-winning artist who uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. Recipient of the lifetime achievement award from RI Council for the Humanities "for building community; promoting our common humanity; and encouraging lifelong learning, exploring and growing", Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker.

Bill began singing and storytelling in 1975 while still in college. His work has influenced a generation of children, parents, performing artists and educators. Bill's songs are joyous, direct and honest, his stories are filled with the details of daily life - all told, written and sung from his slightly off-center point of view.

"Humor is my weapon," says Harley of his work. Award-winning books and recordings are filled with his trademark wit and wisdom. Dubbed "the Mark Twain of contemporary children's music" by Entertainment Weekly, his recordings have won numerous prestigious awards including NARAS (Grammy), Parents' Choice, Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio and NAPPA (National Parenting Publications). His books - both picture books and novels, have won similar recognition with awards from: Bank Street School of Education, Children's Choice Awards, Green Earth Book Award and pick of the list from ABA. His latest book, a new series, Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year is a Junior Library Guild selection. Kirkus reviews says of the book "In this series opener, Harley magically weaves the simple lesson that people, even teachers, can surprise you."

Appearing nationally in theaters, schools, libraries, festivals and conferences, as a workshop leader, keynote and inspirational speaker, Bill's work affirms our commonality and reminds us to laugh out loud. In the car, the classroom, at home or on stage, "Harley's witty ebullient performance will have listeners young and old laughing out loud." Publishers Weekly

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie on July 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is put to good use in my Kindergarten classroom. All of the characters are adorable and the children love to hear me read the story out loud. I have created a super lesson where I have the children act out the story wearing costumes that I created resembling each animal. What a wonderful way to learn about sequencing. This offers me a great way to kick off our learning about how to use ordinal numbers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Setto on February 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book for a child to learn about sharing and counting without knowing they are while reading this book. We go back to this book all the time as it is very fun and easy to read.
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By A. Riza on September 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a great read-aloud book, with a fun rhythm to it. I am an elementary school librarian and took this book to school to read to my first and second graders. They had a great time joining in on the "refrain" each time. I wasn't sure how it would go with my older kids, but even the fifth graders got into guessing what animal would come next. Many of my students understand very little English, but they were all enthralled by this book and joined right in. I have long been a fan of Bill Harley's storytelling, and this story coupled with Kitty Harvill's eye-catching pictures is one my favorites! I will be recommending it to fellow librarians in my school district. As a side note, this would be great to use in conjunction with Jan Brett's "The Mitten."
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By Paul Martin on September 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Reads a lot like "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by John Archambault. This rythmic, rhyming, counting book involves various jungle animals, and a small boy sitting down to eat. The animals pressure the boy into inviting them into his house, one-by-one.
The text definitely does have a nice rythmic flow to it, which will keep children listening, and anticipating as the house gets more and more crowded with animals. A very, good counting book.
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This is so well done, and it appeals to our 17 month old Grandchild who picks it up and giggles outrageously! The animals are those which any child can relate to, and the counting lesson is slipped in as an after thought. Learning couldn't be more fun.
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