Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Betsy Lewin.
Simple poems describe the eating habits of various animals ranging from tickbirds to gorillas. Each is accompanied by the artist’s signature animated line and wash illustrations, created especially for this new edition of her poems.
The ordinary is made extraordinary, from one to ten, as lively language and jaunty illustrations depict cats doing what cats do or could do!
Books illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Farmer Brown has his hands full when the cows on his farm get a typewriter. Duck, however, negotiates successfully for all parties in this very funny farm story of very clever animals. Be prepared to talk about typewriters or take a trip to a museum to see one!
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa
Kate is a cowgirl who cares for her herd on her horse, Cocoa. In four short, easy to read stories Kate’s resourceful personality shines in snappy dialog between cowgirl and horse. Cartoon illustrations enhance the humor and the warmth of their friendship as they go about their work.
Duck for President
Do you think things would be better if you were in charge? Duck thinks he can do a better job than Farmer Brown, but once in power he soon tires of the duties and responsibilities of leadership. So he decides maybe he's better off writing his autobiography – which he does on a typewriter that clever readers will recognize from another book by this talented team.
Dumpy La Rue
When Dumpy La Rue, a swank swine, wants to dance ballet, his mom suggests that dancing is something that pigs just don’t do. Dumpy proceeds nonetheless, and inspires the other animals to dance to their own step.
First Grade Friends: The Class Trip
Sam has quite a scare when he becomes separated from his class on their field trip to the zoo, but learns an important lesson. The rhyming text and lighthearted illustrations will engage and inform readers.
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
When Farmer Brown leaves his brother in charge, hewarns Bob to keep an eye on the duck, because “he’s trouble.” Bob follows the farmer’s written instructions to the letter, but are they authentic? Astute readers willknow who’s really writing them from the animated,cartoon-like illustrations. The animals were firstintroduced in Click, Clack, Moo (Simon and Schuster,2000), another barnyard chuckler.
Ted and Betsy Lewin are the authors and illustrators of this account of their journey to Uganda’s forests to see thgorillasem in the wild. Each artist's observations are documented in their unique style with an engaging text that educates, entertains, and inspires.
No Such Thing
When Howard complains to his mom about the monster under his bed, she tells him that there is no such thing. When the little monster complains to his mom about the the boy on top of his bed, she has the same response! Children will understand the humor of this tale captured in the breezy illustrations.
Thump, Quack, Moo: A Wacky Adventure
Farmer Brown needs help as he prepares for the annual Corn Maze Festival. Of course, all of the animals rise to the occasion — though Duck prepares a small surprise revealed on a final — and very funny — fold out.
Two Eggs, Please
How many ways can eggs be prepared? Well, the foxy waitress who serves the various animals in this diner finds out! Cheery text combined with lighthearted, sprightly illustrations create a look at late night food fare.
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