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Tracey Campbell Pearson is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Myrtle and Where Does Joe Go? She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.

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PreS-K-Bob has a problem. Living as he does among the chickens, all he can do is cluck. But Henrietta the cat sets him straight: "Bob.-You need to stop clucking and learn how to crow-.That's what roosters do." This advice sends him on a search among the animals of field and forest for one who will teach him to crow. Before he gets it right, Bob has learned to "meow-meow," "woof-wag," "ribbet-ribbet-hop-hop," "moooooo," and even "yum-yum-bugs" (a substitute for cud-chewing); but he finally meets Fred, a rooster who obliges with the proper lesson. Back in the henhouse, Bob is too excited to sleep, so he is wide awake when a fox comes in. His "cock-a-doodle-do" doesn't scare the villain, but the rest of his repertoire terrifies the intruder, particularly his "yum-yum-fox." From then on Bob wakes Henrietta and the girls each morning, either with "cock-a-doodle-do" or, if he feels like it, with "Meow-Woof Ribbet-Moooo Yum-Yum-Bugs!" The droll, repetitious text, perfect for reading aloud, is delightfully complemented by bright, lively watercolor illustrations. Soft, pastoral, rough-sketched backgrounds are offset by vivid animal renderings, with Bob's bold black-and-white speckles and red comb and wattles stealing the show. The younger crowd will love it.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

A rooster with a bit of an identity crisis takes center coop in this lighthearted picture book about the sounds various animals make. Bob the rooster has always clucked right along with the chickens he lives with. But when Henrietta the cat tells Bob he needs to learn how to crow in order to "wake up the girls every morning" he's thrown. Henrietta offers the only help she can and teaches Bob to meow. Further farm and countryside research results in Bob mimicking all manner of noises "Woof,... Moo... and Ribbet-Ribbet-Hop-Hop" among them. At last, he happens upon a bird that resembles him and learns to deliver a rousing "cock-a-doodle-do!" However, it's Bob's mastery of other animals' expressions that proves particularly handy when a fox comes slinking around. Pearson's (Where Does Joe Go?) kicky pencil-and-watercolor scenes give this simple barnyard tale a vibrant sense of sound and movement. Bob's black-and-white speckled plumage and flame-red cock's comb offers readers something to crow about. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"Bob has a problem. Living as he does among the chickens, all he can do is cluck. But henrietta the cat sets him straight. 'Bob . . . You need to stop clucking and learn how to crow . . . That's what roosters do.' This advice sends him on a search among the animals of field and forest for one who will teach him to crow . . . The droll, repititious text, perfect for reading aloud, is delightfully complemented by birght, lively watercolor illustrations." --Starred, School Library Journal "A rooster with a bit of an identity crisis takes center coop in this lighthearted picture book about the sounds various animals make . . . Kicky pencil-and-watercolor scenes give this simple barnyard tale a vibrant sense of sound and movement . . . Offers readers something to crow about." --Publishers Weekly "A visual treat for lap or group sharing." --Booklist

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