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Calling all toddlers
Simon, Francesca.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 1999.

Physical Description:
33 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Rhyming verses describe activities that toddlers enjoy, such as splashing, stomping, and making faces.
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PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Rhyming verses describe activities that toddlers enjoy, such as splashing, stomping, and making faces. Full-color illustrations.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. This book, first published in England, is the perfect read-aloud to share with toddlers who are acquiring new skills. In 16 action-packed rhyming verses, including "Stomping Time," "Pitter-Patter," and "Making Faces," children are introduced to colors, shapes, movement, humor, and play. The vibrantly colored illustrations, with round-cheeked, energetic children set against white pages, are filled with bright patterns and plentiful details. Youngsters won't be able to resist imitating these appealing models--and the book gives them ample opportunity to do so. A simple, joyfully conceived book; children will recognize themselves and the activities that fill their days. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Simon (Where Are You?) and Winter (Henry's Baby) know what makes toddlers tick. This activity book overflows with cheerful rhymes to inspire dancing, learning, noise-making, role-playing and messes. Right from the get-go, the rhymes elicit participation: "We've been quiet all morning,/ we're bursting to clomp,/ Watch out everybody,/ 'cause we're going to STOMP!" Other pages prompt quieter responses, as in a spread of a playground scene that sends readers on a search for hidden children, or another entitled "Making Faces," in which a series of rhyming questions calls for different goofy facial expressions in response: "Who can be a ghost?/ and puff their cheeks out the most?"; still others teach colors or shapes. There's not a clunker to be found among Simon's rhymes. Her simple, timeless style recalls classic finger-play songs and playtime chants, and will tickle children getting their sea legs in the areas of language and preschool etiquette. Toddlers will easily spot themselves in Winter's gentle, realistic depictions of contemporaries acting silly, busy, naughty and nice in compositions reminiscent of Helen Oxenbury's. With an oversize square format and clean design, this is an ideal choice for sharing in any setting where preschoolers congregate. Ages 2-5. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreSThis collection of short verses features illustrations of sweet-faced young children at play. While most of the activities (splashing, stomping, clapping, etc.) are age appropriate and the individual spreads are attractive, the book lacks an overall focus. Many of the rhymes are awkward and dont scan well when read aloud. On one spread, the children bend and stretch their bodies to form a variety of shapesa square, a triangle, a rectangle, a starbut the shapes are not delineated clearly enough for this audience. The last poem, Good-bye, pales in comparison to Margaret Wise Browns Goodnight Moon (HarperCollins, 1947). Good-bye kitten/Good-bye floor,/Good-bye curtains/Good-bye door./Good-bye doll/Good-bye spoon, Good-bye house/See you soon. A fair-to-middling addition.Irene Symons, Queens Borough Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.