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Knock at the door and other baby action rhymes
Chorao, Kay.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes such rhymes as "Five Little Sparrows, " "Pat-a-Cake, " "Giddyap Horsey, " and "Bunnies' Bedtime" with illustrations showing the actions that should be used with each one.
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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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Rosy as a baby's cheek and bursting with rainbow colors, the cheery illustrations depict a child's imaginary world full of friendly animals, adorable tots, and toys galore. More fun and precious details -- such as tiny dollhouse furniture, numerous playful mice, and a choo-choo train packed with cuddly creatures -- are revealed with each repeated reading. Easy-to-follow diagrams depict hand and body movements that toddlers can easily perform while the rhymes are read aloud. These rhymes were specially selected for their simple actions and basic concepts. This enjoyable picture book is sure to provide lots of warm, happy moments between parents and their little ones.

Author Notes

Kay Chorao is the beloved illustrator of many treasured anthologies for babies and children.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 1^-4. Some of the most joyous finger and bouncing plays are gathered here: some as well known as "This Little Piggy," others less so. Chorao does a small but wondrous thing for those who might inexplicably have missed these in childhood, or have forgotten them, by supplying a tiny, boxed drawing of the actions that go with each line of text. The beautifully detailed and patterned pictures are full of ducks and bunnies, kittens and teddy bears, delectable children, and a profusion of flora and fauna in the sweet, limpid colors of story time. These images are not only very pretty, but often funny as well: the "I'm a Little Teapot" rhyme shows a moppet in a checkered shirt pouring from a huge teapot whose lid is ajar, the better for us to see the doormouse happily swimming therein. You probably cannot have too many copies of this one. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

School Library Journal Review

PreS-A collection of 20 fingerplays or action rhymes told in rhythmic language. Each line or two is accompanied by a simple line-drawing icon to suggest the actions. The watercolor illustrations expand the story the rhyme tells. Adorable youngsters, some animal, some human, sit at the center of many of the pictures, either surrounded by the characters mentioned in the rhyme or in the middle of the action. For "The Teapot," a blond tot holds in his lap a blue-checked teapot that is almost as big as he is; he tries to pour a liquid into an equally huge cup inhabited by a small gray mouse delighted at being tickled by the shower. In others, the characters themselves inhabit the page. The soft, gentle cottage and garden surroundings of many of the double-page spreads suggest a simplicity and innocence that perfectly accompany the words. Chorao is clearly adept at choosing rhymes appropriate for babies. Out of the 20 collected here, only two use actions that involve standing or even whole body movement. Most of the action involves making circles on baby's hand or tapping baby's toes, head, or tummy. This book is similar to Marc Brown's Play Rhymes (Puffin, 1993) and Carol F. Ra's Trot, Trot to Boston (Lothrop, 1987; o.p.), but there are enough new selections here, as well as enough charm and delight, to make this a worthy addition to most collections.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

This Little Piggyp. 5
Five Little Sparrowsp. 6
Horsey, Horseyp. 8
Giddyap, Horseyp. 9
Choo-choo Trainp. 10
Kitten Is Hidingp. 13
Knock at the Doorp. 14
Five Little Ducksp. 17
Pat-a-Cakep. 18
Hot Cross Bunsp. 19
Little Mousiep. 20
Baby Micep. 21
Once I Saw a Bunnyp. 22
Slowly, Slowlyp. 23
Round and Roundp. 25
The Teapotp. 26
Peas Porridgep. 27
Here's a Ball for Babyp. 28
Bunnies' Bedtimep. 30
Doggie's Tailp. 32