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My Son John (Holt Owlet Book) Paperback – September 15, 1997

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-From the very first "Yellow, yellow sunup,/My son Ed,/Up he jumps/From out of bed," to the last familiar "Diddle diddle dumpling," this book is a feast for the eyes and ears. Aylesworth amplifies the simple nursery classic with a rainbow of rich, descriptive verses on additional names, evoking all of the five senses in the process. The rhymes are enhanced by an exceptional layout using brilliant woodcuts done with brightly colored oils. Each double-page spread features a full-page illustration on the left, with the rhyme facing it. A cast of multicultural children is shown joyfully carrying out various farm chores throughout the day. The singsong rhythm should have the same immediate appeal to children as Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault's Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (S.&S., 1989), Bill Martin Jr.'s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1983), and Aylesworth's Old Black Fly (1992, both Holt). It will be a hit in story time, and could also serve as a creative writing stimulus to children making up similar rhymes to fit their own names. Beautifully integrated in text and design, this is a book to savor and enjoy again and again.
Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 3-6. Aylesworth, who's always so good with a rhyming beat, introduces a lively cast of characters to clap, march, or jump along with. In the tradition of "Diddle Diddle Dumpling, My Son John," Aylesworth offers 14 new verses, for example: Bonny bonny bridal, / My daughter Rose. / Combs her mare / in old work clothes. Hay in hair / and dirt on nose. / Bonny bonny bridal, / My daughter Rose." Most of the rhymes have to do with children doing everyday tasks--schoolwork, gardening, or taking care of pets--or playing, eating, and getting ready for bed. The artwork, full-page color woodcuts that face the text, is an absolute delight. The elongated shapes and interesting perspectives are well suited to Frampton's playful use of color mixing; for instance, the picture of the boy drowning his pancakes in maple syrup is executed in three colors: orange, purple, and tan. A charmer that will be especially fun to read to groups. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Series: Holt Owlet Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805055177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805055177
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,015,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The wood cut illustrations are attention-grabbers. The old nursery rhyme "Diddle Diddle Dumpling, My Son John" gets full billing, as the whole "family" is described in this way.

This is great for language arts for older children -- they can mirror the rhyme and rhythm to describe the people in their own family. Outstanding results.
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This book is good from Ed to John.The John part is familiar from somewhere,except I don't really know where.For some reason my sister (who also read it) finds it boring,she only likes 2 of the girls.My 3 year old brother LOVED it as much as I did!My mom says he likes the rythem she read it in.Well I mostly liked the children from Ed to John.(In case you haven't noticed,Ed is 1st and John is the last.
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By dori on November 4, 2009
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Mr. Aylesworth was a featured author at an International Reading Association (IRA) conference I attended, which is when I became aware of him as an author. He taught first grade, and has a great understanding of the words a beginning reader can love. He's has taken an old nursery rhyme and extended it. The pictures are wood-cuts, and really help predict the text. Great story for read-aloud.
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I love this book. My four year old and two year old love this book. The cadence in it is so catchy that we find ourselves singing it all day long. And the woodcut illustrations are a unique little treasure all in themselves. I'll be checking out more of Jim Aylesworth's books from our library!!!
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