Lively language and appealing characters — both human and animal — combine with the vibrant colors of handmade paper for what is now the hallmark of work by Denise Fleming.
Alphabet Under Construction
An appealing mouse (also seen in Lunch) creates active letters of the alphabet, beginning by "airbrushing" the A and all the way to the zipped Z. The mouse keeps a calendar of work accomplished which astute readers will note at the end.
Animals on a farm can be a noisy lot, but not the goose that quietly chases a butterfly throughout the barnyard. The alliteration and onomatopoeia makes reading aloud fun and is neatly integrated into the colorful illustrations.
In the Tall, Tall Grass
The sounds of a caterpillar munching through vegetation combine with Fleming's distinctive illustrations for a small adventure in the tall, tall grass. The satisfying conclusion is a sleepy one, making this an ideal bedtime tale.
What's for lunch? A hungry gray mouse eats its way through colors eating a variety of vegetables in this winning, brilliantly illustrated adventure that doubles as a concept book.
All the glorious, spooky, swoopy delights of Halloween congregate on one street for one perfectly bone-chilling night in Caldecott Honor artist Denise Fleming's splendid Pumpkin Eye. Gorgeous, thick pulp paintings depict jack-o'-lanterns, bats, dragons, and toothless hags, while clever, memorable rhymes capture the very essence of Halloween: "Trick or treat, pounding feet, wretched witches roam the street."
Shout! Shout It Out!
An adult accompanied by a mouse encourages a group of children to shout out what they know: numbers 1 to 10, letters, colors, animals, and things that move — and once again with the small mouse. Lively, full color illustrations add verve to the participatory text.
Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy
Tiny, sleepy animal babies each snuggle down with their loving parents until the final child, a human baby, happily drifts off to sleep. Lush illustrations combine with the lyrical text in this soothing, tender, and handsome book.
The Cow Who Clucked
When the cow discovers that she's lost her distinctive "moo," she visits other farm animals to retrieve it. Her proper voice is magically restored when she meets a chicken who moos! This is a playful, colorful introduction to farm animals and their sounds.
The Everything Book
This colorful and somewhat eclectic collection of rhymes and information is made for sharing and reading over. Tidbits include everything from seasons to the alphabet and more, all illustrated with Fleming's signature illustrations.
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