Librarians who have had story hour success with Prelutsky's previous collections of animal rhymes will find more read aloud material here, but we expected something sharper from the author of Toucans Two and Gophers in the Garden. Unfortunately the bland docility of some of the subjects is too often paralleled in Prelutsky's form (""Sheep are gentle, shy and meek./ They love to play at hide-and-seek./ Their hearts are softer than their fleece/ And left alone they live in peace"") and the jocular warnings of some of his endings is far from novel. (. . .""So only foolish people feel/ a highly tense electric eel"" and as for the skunk ""Don't give him any reason/ to resort to his perfume!"") Reinforcing the impression of slackness axe Margaret Bloy Graham's pictures, which unfailingly take the most obvious, unoriginal approach to the animals' peculiar characteristics. Still Prelutsky does come up with some light verbal nonsense here, as in our favorite about the cow who ""chooses to moo as she chooses"" and ""chew(s) just to chew as she muses,"" and his ear for funny sounds and eye for amusing features are evident in spots throughout.