Wednesday, June 9, 2010

“Moo”ve Over Dr. Seuss

Recommended for grades PreK-1

From the author of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Judi Barrett combines numbers, rhyming, and animals in this colorfully illustrated story, I Knew Two Who Said Moo. Silliness takes over from the very beginning, with an elephant lying “on a toasted bun…playing the accordion…” Barrett makes sure that the rhyming words are in a different color from the rest of the text making them more readily identifiable. Sometimes she might get a little carried away with the rhyming, but at the same time it works because it adds to the humor of the book. We also have to remember that this is from the author who made it rain French toast with syrup.

The illustrations are brightly colored and mirror the text, making this a good choice for read aloud. In fact, kids can guess what the rhyming words are based on the numbers (the selected words rhyme with the featured number) and the clues in the illustrations. This book integrates language arts and math concepts very well.

Barrett, J. (2003). I knew two who said moo. New York, NY: Atheneum.

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