WE’RE GOING ON A PICNIC! by Pat Hutchins


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Age Range: 3 - 7


In Hutchins’s (Ten Red Apples, 2000, etc.) latest, Hen, Duck, and Goose are going on a picnic. Hen brings berries; Goose packs apples; and Duck tucks pears into the teeming basket. Together, they set out to find the perfect place to dine. Yet every time they think they’ve found it, one of them finds a reason to move on. But not before they set down that basket. And each moment of indecision presents an opportunity for a mouse, a squirrel, and a rabbit to make off with the bounty. Before they know it, the hapless trio winds their way home without ever settling down to eat. When they set off in search of another spot, they realize how light the basket is. “ ‘[The food] must have fallen out,’ ” they all agree. And so the cycle begins again. But this time, there’s a twist: Hen, Duck, and Goose gather more food; they actually agree on a place to picnic; and three thieves—who once worked separately—have now teamed up. Lined in black, Hutchins’s full-color marker illustrations stand out against the crisp white background. They are integral to the story, letting kids in on the action by introducing the thieving creatures whom Hutchins never mentions in the text. Hutchins’s deceptively simple tale simply delights. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-688-16799-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2002


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