ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE by Jane Cabrera


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Age Range: 1 - 3
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Rhyming and counting fun begins with the traditional Mother Goose rhyme—“1, 2, buckle my shoe”—but rabbit isn’t going to “shut the door” next, because she is busy running out through it to go to mother hen’s party. Thick paint, bright colors outlined in black, shows brushstrokes, conveying movement as rabbit hurdles the gate and then counts “9, 10, big fat hen,” weaving her way back into the rhyme. On each double-page spread, mother hen’s four chicks hide to test readers’ seeking skills. Finally, six pigs and mother hen wait at the party table, at which the four small chicks pop out of the big three-level cake rabbit carries. This is a generic party, a boon for storytimers who do not celebrate birthdays. The rhyming and movement that started slowly climax at the end with exuberance: “Party, fun, and food a-plenty. / Now count the balloons, 1 to 20!” A simple, joyous romp. (Picture book. 1-3)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2330-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2009


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