THE YOUNGEST STORYBOOK by Eileen Colwell

THE YOUNGEST STORYBOOK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

More Storyteller's Choice, this time for preschoolers: a congeries of mice and bears (including Teddy) and monkeys and ducks and elephants and dolls and cars--all sounding off plus a few, very few, children. Maybe it's because animals speaking in many tongues, including our own, tend to cancel each other out that two of the most appealing stories involve little girls, specifically little girls getting bigger: one, short and sprightly, tells how three-year-old Jane insists on combing her own hair; the second gives a glimpse of growing up in Africa as Zua, who's watched her mother mold and fire ""the little womarls waterpot,"" discovers that the little pot is to be her own. Also, a real dog's day (""Blackie's Birthday"") and a nice accommodation between cousins (""Charles and Jenny"") Scattered among the contemporary tales are such indispensables as ""Johnny-Cake,"" ""Mr. Vinegar,"" ""The Old Woman and Her Pig."" ""The Three Bears,"" etc. and several variously familiar poems. A few of the stories are wordy, a few are slightly cloying; read over weeks and months, however, the collection is likely to please, especially since it offers many chances to oink and quack.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1968
Publisher: Watts