That inquisitive hen (A Hat for Minerva Louise, 1994) is back, in fine feather. She goes exploring early one morning and...

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MINERVA LOUISE AT SCHOOL

That inquisitive hen (A Hat for Minerva Louise, 1994) is back, in fine feather. She goes exploring early one morning and discovers a wonderful ""barn."" Preschoolers will recognize it as a school when they see it, but not Minerva Louise. In fact, the perspective in the text is utterly hers, while the pictures show all the facts. The ""farmer"" hanging out the laundry is really a janitor raising the flag, ""stalls"" are classrooms, and the wonderfully decorated ""nesting boxes"" are children's storage cubbies. One of them has an ""egg"" in it (a baseball in a mitt). The simple, brightly colored illustrations provide all the personality this tale needs. The story has a delightful moment of truth at the end: ""She knew she'd go back to the fancy barn some day . . . because it was such a wonderful place to get new ideas."" Minerva Louise's goofy perceptions and enterprising spirit are sure to tickle listeners at story hour.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1996

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996