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I Heard a Little Baa Hardcover – August 1, 1998

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From Publishers Weekly

An animal sound, and a glimpse of part of its bodyAa squiggle of pig tail, a bee's back endAgives readers a clue about what creature they will find under the gatefold flap on the facing page of this ultimately bewildering book. The narrator, who appears to be a plump teddy bear, turns up a variety of hidden animals. Unlike other concept books that offer factual clues for readers to guess, here the characteristic identified is often hard to distinguish and the animal's hiding place unlikely (e.g., "I heard a little hiss; I peeped under a rake./ First I saw a flicking tongue,/ And then I saw a snake"). The last spread, in which the text identifies a boy hiding behind a beach ballAthe giggle ("tee-hee") and the 10 toes are the tip-offAas "me" may well catch toddlers by surprise; many will have assumed that the teddy bear pictured in every scene is the narrator. Phillips's (Changes in You and Me) cartoons in bright, solid colors may evoke the crude charm of children's drawings, and MacLeod (Dinosaurs: The Fastest, Fiercest, Most Amazing) sets up a pleasant peek-a-boo game, but readers will likely come away more confused than amused. Ages 2-6.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-An animal guessing game in which clues, written in rhyme, appear on the left-hand side of each double-page spread, with answers revealed on the right when the page is unfolded: "I heard a little baa;/It woke me from my sleep./First I saw a woolly face,/ (lift flap) And then I saw a sheep." Illustrations done in pencils, scanned and finished in Adobe Illustrator, include bright pinks, lavenders, and greens with thick black outlines. The cartoon shapes of the creatures and the little bear that leads children through the riddles will be easily recognized by toddlers and preschoolers, who will shout out the answers before the rhymes are completed. The simplicity of both the language and drawings makes this a perfect read-aloud. The small size is compensated for by illustrations that are bold and bright. Good fun for storytimes.
Olga R. Barnes, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County,
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550744968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550744965
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,170,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was the absolute best! My nine month old little boy was entranced. This is the first book that he has let me read from cover to cover without stopping. Then he wants me to read it again. It is the household favorite. Everybody needs a copy! This one will last a lifetime if we don't wear out the pages!
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By A Customer on July 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely great! My toddler loved it. She ended up reading it to me! It is now a beloved addition to her bookshelf. Don't miss out on this one!
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Format: Hardcover
This flap book gets it right. Right being great illustrations and prose that will appeal to the younger kids. Each little rhyme about an animal and the sound it makes takes up two pages with the second one having a lift up flap. Children love the anticipation of what is under the flap!

Here is just one cute rhyme: "I heard a little purr; I lifted up the mat. First I saw some silky fur (and here the child flips the flap) and then I saw the cat." A little bear is the narrator and he is as cute as the proverbial button! The colors on the pages are deep and make each animal stand out.

A favorite in our house.
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Format: Board book
Board books are an indispensable part of every family, daycare center, and family preschool collection for children from ages 1 to 4. The collaborative work of author Elizabeth MacLeod and illustrator Louise Phillips, "I Heard A Little Baa" is a gentle, charming, and very highly recommended story told in simple, engaging and entertaining verse. Presenting a colorful menagerie of animal sounds, rhymes, and guessing games, the board book format is ideal for entertaining infants and introducing preschoolers to the delights of reading. 'I heard a little growl; / I peeked behind a chair. / First I saw a shaggy paw, / And then I saw a bear.
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