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I went walking
Williams, Sue, 1948-
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Publication Information:
[Ancramdale, NY] : Live Oak Media, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog + 1 book.
General Note:
Side one has page turn signals; side two has no page turn signals.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 0.7 0.5 3049.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.4 1 Quiz: 05629 Guided reading level: C.

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Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


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CASSETTE KIT 1094 BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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I went walking.
What did you see?
I saw a black cat
Looking at me.

These catchy stanzas frolic through the Australian author Sue Williams's simple, funny read-aloud picture book that tracks a crazy-haired boy's stroll through the countryside. The boy sees a black cat, then a brown horse, then a red cow, and so on, and before he knows it, he's being trailed by the entire menagerie! The Australian illustrator Julie Vivas brings the parade to life in lovely, lively watercolors--when the pink pig looks at the boy, for example, the boy sprays off his muddy body with a hose. Big type, repetition, friendly art, clean design--and the visual guessing game created by introducing each animal only partially at first--make this beloved tale a winner at story time.

Author Notes

SUE WILLIAMS is the author of the acclaimed picture books I Went Walking and Let's Go Visiting, as well as Dinnertime! She lives in Adelaide, Australia, where she is also an editor and publisher of children's books. JULIE VIVAS is illustrator of I Went Walking, Let's Go Visiting, the Mem Fox classics Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge and Possum Magic, and several other picture book titles. She lives in Australia.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. What a charmer. A young boy informs readers, "I went walking." The text page asks, "What did you see?" and sharp-eyed children will notice that hiding in the basket of logs is a black cat. This sets the pattern for what turns out to be a guessing game, as bits and pieces of various animals are shown on one page and revealed on the next. Identified by name and color, the animals will make an indelible impression on those just learning which animal is which. By the book's conclusion, the boy has a whole menagerie behind him. Now, when asked, "What did you see?" he replies, "I saw a lot of animals following me!" This is a marvelous piece of bookmaking. Clean, oversize white pages are an excellent backdrop for the slightly stylized animals that romp across the pages. Vivas, whose recent books include the unique The Nativity [BKL O 15 88] and The Very Best of Friends [BKL Mr 1 90] proves herself once again to be in the upper echelon of illustrators. Her watercolors have both motion and emotion, a dynamite combination. An excellent story hour choice, obviously. ~--Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

This Australian import presents a repetitive rhyme that will be appreciated most by the very young. A boy takes a walk and encounters a variety of animals: ``I went walking / What did I see? / I saw a black cat / Looking at me.'' The cat follows him, as do all of the other animals he meets: a brown horse, a red cow, a green duck, a pink pig and a yellow dog. Finally the child is leading a veritable parade of animals. Although Williams's text is not particularly imaginative, the book receives spark from Vivas's illustrations. Each time the question is posed, she offers a partial glimpse of the animal, which is not shown in its entirety until the following page. Thus the story becomes a kind of guessing game that little ones will enjoy playing again and again. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

A worthy successor to Bill Martin's Brown Bear, Brown Bear , What Do You See? (Holt, 1983). With its patterned response to the title, ``What did you see?,'' and the accompanying lead-in picture showing part of a farmyard animal, this book immediately draws children into the story. The lively, unspoken storyline of a shock-headed toddler playing silly games with the animals he meets and gradually shedding his shoes, socks, and jacket fills out the spare text for beginning readers. The accumulating line of animals marching in wild sweeping patterns across the page gives viewers a bouncy, flowing experience from page to page. With only six animals, the story is brief; the watercolors, while predominantly realistic in tone and anatomical detail, have an exaggerated roundness and glow that give a fanciful turn to the naming story. The animals and toddler become progressively more animated, until story's end, which features a two-page, wordless spread reminiscent of Max's ``wild rumpus'' in Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are . The focus on the pages is clearly on the short text and the characters, making for a simple yet active experience for beginning readers and very young listeners. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.