AS QUIET AS A MOUSE by Hilda Offen

AS QUIET AS A MOUSE

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Age Range: 1 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A companion to A Fox Got My Socks (1993) and The Sheep Made a Leap (p. 148). Again, a toddler announces and imitates the actions of animal friends, as described in rhymed couplets (``A worm gave a wiggle/and started to giggle,'' or, ``The chimp said, `I'm champ,'/and started to stamp''). The instructions for small listeners' participation (``Stamp your feet'') are almost superfluous, but they do add another language-building feature to a fine list that also includes the animals' names and the words for the pantomimed actions and mimicked sounds. A full-ensemble finale makes a satisfying wrap-up, and endpaper reenactments by the toddler provide a chance to recall the various verbs. Again, Offen's characters--both the costumed animals and the winsome toddler--are particularly bright and ingenuous. (Picture book. 1-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-525-45309-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1994




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