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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060526300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060526306
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 3—A rat living in the dell wonders why the posted rules and regulations state that the cheese stands alone—especially when it is a tasty-looking hunk of cheddar standing uselessly in a meadow. Napkin in hand, he goes to investigate. In this reverse version of "The Farmer in the Dell," the rat is then joined by a cat, a dog, a child, a mother, and finally the farmer father, all of whom initially insist that the cheese must stand alone, and then are persuaded to consider that the rule might actually be a silly one worth challenging. The farmer decides that if they are going to eat the cheese, they might as well make a party out of it, and everyone goes to fetch apples, pears, sausages, milk, and, of course, crackers. The folk-art quality of the illustrations is rich with country colors—barn reds, field greens, and earthy yellows, and the cartoon animals are funny and expressive. A smattering of words and music from the song is worked in effectively on most pages, and the full lyrics are printed on the last page, useful since this book will no doubt be the featured star in a number of sing-alongs.—Susan Moorhead, New Rochelle Public Library, NY
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Palatini's uproarious spoof on "The Farmer in the Dell" begins at the end of the song: the cheese stands alone. While eyeing the solitary chunk of cheddar in a field, a rat rethinks the order of things: "Give me one good reason why the cheese stands alone . . . Why should good food go to waste because of some silly song?" Dashing off for a nosh, he encounters the cat, who joins him in his trot toward the cheese. Then the dog appears, as well as the rest of the song's characters, who make a grand picnic from the towering cheese wedge. Children will easily overlook the flat ending as they delight in Palatini's raucous twist on the ubiquitous song (the original's lyrics close the book). The high-energy, mixed-media illustrations, which appear in multiple, comics-style frames on several spreads, turn up the silliness with the cast of expressive animals—the cunning rat, the airhead dog—who speak in funny, sly asides. Best for small groups, who can view the detailed pictures up close, this will be a read-aloud hit. Engberg, Gillian
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It is witty, and funny.
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I teach third grade, and my students LOVED this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Just why does the 'cheese stand alone' in the famous picturebook rhyme? Margie Palatini's THE CHEESE addresses this mystery in a whimsical manner, considering what really happened to the poor cheddar and using a series of zany drawings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher to explore it. Young picturebook readers seeking a taste of something different will find THE CHEESE a zany, fun read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine M. Racus on January 17, 2009
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This book is really a very humourous spoof of the song "The Farmer in the Dell." It basically gives you the rats point of view wondering as to why he shouldn't go down to the dell to eat the cheese! Along the way he encounters the characters from the song who tell him he cannot go down and eat this cheese "because the cheese stands alone!" Beautiful illustrations. It is also a nominee for Washington State Childrens Choice Picture Book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Big Cheese on November 29, 2010
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This book has been a GREAT reading for our entire family, especially when I throw in goofy sounding voices for the Mouse, Dog, and other characters in this fast moving story. Now we won't have to keep checking it out from our town, or school, library.
Be sure to SING ALONG at the end of the story for lots of true enjoyment, and create a GOOFY voices of your own.
"The CHEESE stands alone,
The Cheese stands alooone....."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia Staniszewski on November 9, 2009
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We orignally took this book out ot the library for my grandson.
He thoroughly enjoyed it and we had to read it too him repeatedly. Decided to purchase it for his 3rd birthday. He was so excited that it was his book and he could keep it.The Cheese
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 18, 2009
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Such a fun book to read to kids. My sons didnt like the cover and didnt want to read about an "ugly mouse". Now they know not to judge a book by its cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frosty on June 14, 2009
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I love this book! New take on The Farmer in the Dell. Great illustrations. Fun to read.
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I had hoped that this CD was read by the amazing, talented, dynamic author, Margie Palatini. Instead it is read by some boring man. It did not keep my attention or the attention of the child it was intended for.
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