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Stories and fun for the very young.
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
61 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A collection of twenty-five stories and rhymes for the very young including works by Helen Oxenbury, Anthony Browne, and Rosemary Wells.
Maisy's colors / Being together / Getting dressed / Tom and Pippo in the garden / Oops-a-daisy / Numbers / I like books / Pets / Mom's home / Hey diddle, diddle / Abc / Joyful and other poems / Toddlerobics / Snazzy Aunties / Pat-a-cake / Let's make a noise / Read-aloud rhymes / Lizzie and her kitty / Billy's boot / I can / Fisherman / Wheels on the bus / Baby animals on the farm / Hush, little baby / Good night
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Stories, poems, and pictures from some of the world's most acclaimed authors and illustrators for children, including Rosemary Wells, Marc Brown, Lucy Cousins, and Anthony Browne.

Author Notes

Laurence Anholt spent his early childhood in Holland where he developed a passion for Art. Before he attended school for his passion, Anholt worked as a Hotel-Night-Receptionist, a Carpenter, a Schoolteacher and an Art Lecturer, among various other odd jobs. Anholt studied painting for eight years and earned a Master's Degree from the Royal Academy of Art in London. He met his wife and partner Catherine at the Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall. The first books the husband and wife team published were about a small pig called Truffles, in 1983 for their oldest daughter, Claire.

Laurence writes all of their books and Catherine has illustrated about half of them. Laurence also illustrates his own books, in particular the bestselling series about great artists. Their work has won many awards, including the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award, the Kids' Club Network Award, the Right Start Toy and Book Award three times, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award twice, the English Association Four to Eleven Awards twice, the US Children's Media Award and the CCBC Choices 2001 twice. They have over 70 children's titles in print.

Anholt is also a public speaker and has made appearances at the European Council of International Schools Conference, The UK's Northern Children's Book Festival, the Cheltenham Festival, the Edinburgh Festival and the Hay-on-Wye Festival. He also helped to judge the prestigious Nestlé Smarties Award.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 1^-4. Like The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury [BKL O 15 98], this large-size anthology of picture books and excerpts is a resource for adults more than a book for children. Candlewick is one of the best publishers for very young children, and the outstanding British and American authors and artists represented here include Shirley Hughes (who also did the simple, inviting cover), Anthony Browne, Marc Brown, and Helen Oxenbury. Some pages work nicely--Rosemary Wells' one-page illustration for "Hey diddle diddle" is complete in itself, with a clear, beautifully colored design--but most are too crowded for young preschoolers, with whole books reduced to a few pages of small pictures and busy action. What the child does not get with this kind of collection is the pleasure of holding a picture book, turning the page, and hearing a story where words, art, and design all work together. Still, the choices are excellent, and adults unfamiliar with children's books will find this a great reference place to start. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

PreS‘The cover picture of an exuberant toddler immediately signals the intended audience for this collection of 25 stories and rhymes by distinguished authors and illustrators such as Lucy Cousins, Shirley Hughes, and Charlotte Voake. The stories have been reprinted from their original picture-book format. The overall tone is cheerful and upbeat. Typically, each story is given two pages (only Helen Oxenbury's Tom and Pippo in the Garden and Zita Newcome's Toddlerobics have four). While this works very well for some of the rhymes (notably Rosemary Wells's Hey Diddle, Diddle), it does not succeed for the stories, as all of the illustrations are compressed and crowded together. In the case of Jan Ormerod's Mom's Home, this causes some visual confusion as to the order in which the panels should be read. Small children will miss the pleasure of turning separate pages and discovering new surprises of art and language with each turn of the page.‘Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.