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Silly Sally: Lap-Sized Board Book Board book – April 1, 2007

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-- Watercolor cartoons illustrate this bit of cumulative nonsense. ``Silly Sally went to town,/ walking backwards, upside down./ On the way she met a pig,/a silly pig,/they danced a jig.'' Sally and pig (upside down) meet and are joined in their walk by a dog, a bird, a sheep and (ta-dum!) Neddy Buttercup, who sets everything to rights. However, Silly Sally manages to get them all in formation whereupon they proceed to town following her roundabout lead. Bright double-page spreads carry the tale, forecasting each encounter. Sally, with orange corkscrew hair, a mischievous grin, and wearing ruffled pantaloons beneath her purple frock, appears to be able to coerce 'most anybody into 'most anything, and soon has the townspeople walking backwards, upside down. No moral, no underlying theme, no real story--just unabashed silliness. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews

The characters in Wood's sunny, simple pen and watercolor illustrations fairly bounce off the page in this exuberant cumulative rhyme. Bloomers-topmost, Silly Sally goes to town ``walking backwards, upside down''; along the way, she meets a silly pig, a silly dog, a silly loon, and a silly sheep--until, finally, Neddy Buttercup (``walking forwards, right side up'') comes along and manages to get the whole crew into town in a frenzy of tickles, grins, and flying limbs. A surefire read-aloud. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 680 (What's this?)
  • Board book: 30 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152059024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152059026
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The book is cute and short. Is about silly Sally who goes to town walking backwards upsidedown. On her way she meets several animals and Neddy Buttercup who joined her on her way to town. I read this book to my second graders, and afterwards did a lesson on rhythming words,since the story is told in rhythming verses. I also used to book to teach them order, for example who followed Sally first and second and so on. The children loved the illustrations and the fact that they were able to read.
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Format: Board book
"It's fun and okay to be silly," is the message that 'Silly Sally' offers to its young audience. And what more does a two or three-year old want to do than be silly?

Both written and brightly illustrated with watercolors by Audrey Wood, 'Silly Sally' is the story, or perhaps more of a poem or a song, of Silly Sally herself who "went to town, walking backwards, upside down." On her journey, Silly Sally meets a pig, a dog, a loon, a sheep, before encountering her equally silly friend, Neddy Buttercup. All of Silly Sally's friends are just as silly, bright, and fun as she is. Upon reaching her destination, the people of the town represented in the last two illustrations are very happy and excited to see that Silly Sally and her entourage have arrived.

'Silly Sally' is a TERRIFIC read-aloud book that young children want to hear over and over again. The message, if there in fact is a message, is that it's just fine to be yourself, silly or otherwise. The quality of the board book edition is good, and weathers hand-downs from one child to the next very well.
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I first bought this book about 2 yrs ago for my little granddaughter and she loved it. When her teacher asked the kids to bring a favorite book from home to have read aloud in class, she chose her Silly Sally book. I especially like it 'cause its not such a long story. The pictures are funny and appealing. I recently bought the lap-sized board book for my other granddaughter that is 3 1/2 yrs old & Silly Sally is a hit with her also! Her mommy has to read it to her a couple times a day!
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This is just a cute, fun book about being silly. My 2 year old loves this book and laughs at the pictures. It's a nice light read, no preaching, with silly pictures. Definately recommend it.
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As a reading specialist I use this book to help develop reading fluency, since this a predictable book the student can predict who or what will happen next by looking at the pictures and looking for rhyming words thereby gaining confidence in his or her reading ability by establishing a flow.
I have this book on my shelf for my success reading time for my students. Each class starts out with 15-20 minutes of success reading and the students get to read a previously practiced book to the group and this is one of the most popular books chosen by the students.
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For whatever reason, this is one of those books that kids adore - even if the adults get tired of the very simple rhymes! It does not appear particularly sophisticated or overly clever. It is just sweet and catchy and the drawings are a bit wild and silly. But the kids can't get enough of it. I have now bought this book as a gift for about 10 kids age 2 upwards and it gets rave reviews every time.
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Our 2 year old daughter just loves this book. She tries to walk on her head just like Sally. Very nice short read and our daughter like to be "silly" like Sally. Would definitely recommend this book. It is a short, simple, and very cute book.
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By Mel on October 26, 2015
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Fun book with great colorful pictures. Great read for all ages. my 6 month old loves the pictures my 4 year olds love the sing song words and it is fun and easy for me to read to them when I am tired at the end of a long day
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