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And the Cow Said Moo!

And the Cow Said Moo!

Spring 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 1 - 3 yrs.
Author: Mildred Phillips
Illustrator: Sonja Lamut
ISBN: 0-688-16802-7
Hardcover Price: $15.95
Contrary to popular misapprehension that the task is easy, it is incredibly difficult for a children's book author to produce a simple -- yet remarkable -- text for youngest listeners. Though the late Margaret Wise Brown (of Goodnight Moon fame) owed her stellar career to a large number of such nursery triumphs, Mildred Phillips now joins a select company with her elemental script for And the Cow Said Moo! Aware of toddlers' delight in recognizing and naming familiar animals -- along with gleefully providing the "moos," "quacks," "baahs," "neighs," "oinks," and "whoos" that are their hallmarks -- the author also adds a droll note of existential wisdom about what constitutes our individuality: what makes me ME and you YOU. A joyous hymn to the variety that is, indeed, the spice of life, this cumulative rhyme is sure to have youngest listeners clamoring for re-reading after re-reading. Illustrator Sonja Lamut's bold and energetic cast of animal characters provides just the right graphic accompaniment. This happy picture book makes a perfect baby gift.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2000 Parents' Choice

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