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Off we go!
Yolen, Jane.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
One by one, baby woodland creatures leave home and sing their way to visit grandma.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.3 0.5 45445.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.6 1 Quiz: 24179 Guided reading level: J.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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"Tip-toe, tippity toe Hip-hop, hippity hop Dig-deep, diggity deep Slither-slee, slithery slee Scritch-scratch, scritchity scratch Creep-crawl, creepity crawl" Join Little Mouse, Little Frog, Little Mole, Little Snake, and other baby critters as they creep, scritch, and slither their way to their respective Grandmas' houses. Jane Yolen, award-winning author of many books for young people, including Beneath the Ghost Moon: A Halloween Tale (also illustrated by Laurel Molk), has a knack for creating simple, magical tales of immense appeal to children. Molk's exquisite watercolors, with splashes of green following the frogs, and splotches of red-brown where the moles are digging, are full-page works of art. Young readers will want to climb right into the pages to slither with Little Snake and scritch-scratch with Little Duck. Subtle details, from the tiny flies evading Little Frog's tongue to the lichen-covered rocks under Little Spider's web, add plenty of visual interest to this charming read-aloud. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

Author Notes

Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1960 and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults, and adults.

Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic. She has won numerous awards including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. The baby animals are on the move: "Tip-toe, tippity toe," says the mouse; "Slither-slee, slithery slee," sings the snake, "down the branch and round the tree, / Off to Grandma's house goes me." Other little creatures are going to visit their grandmothers as well. The duck is off as soon as he hatches; young mole digs his way to grandma's house. The animals wind up in the water or on the shore, all with the same thought: "Wherever Grandma's house is found--/ In hole, in tree, or underground, / In web, or bog, or in a nest--/ Why, Grandma house is always best." The text is pert and full of bounce, but it is the watercolor artwork that carries the day. The backgrounds are gauzy yet the rendering of the creatures is precise; creatures retain their essential animality but still have a certain knowing sparkle in their eyes. The combination of rhythmic text, motion-filled art, and, of course, the sentiment makes this a winning choice for story hours. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Tip-toe, tippity-toe Over the leaves and down below Off to Grandma's house we go Sings Little Mouse," in Off We Go! by Jane Yolen, illus. by Laurel Molk. Little Frog, Little Mole and others have the same idea in this rhythmic, repetitive jaunt. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Little Mouse, Frog, Mole, Snake, Duck, and Spider are off to visit their grandmas-each one setting off, accompanied by its mother, across a double-page spread. Then, page by page, in repetitive, cumulative order: "Tip-toe, tippity toe/Hip-hop, hippity hop/Dig-deep, diggity deep-" they run. "Wherever Grandma's house is found-/In hole, in tree, or underground,/In web, or bog, or in a nest-/Why, Grandma's house is always best." The final quiet pond scene shows three generations of each family visiting together. Molk's soft watercolors feature larger-than-life-sized pond and woodland animals that fill the pages with action, impelling readers to turn each page, just as Yolen's bouncing three-line verses beg to be sung. A fine introduction to reading and to the skills of listening for sounds, rhyme, and repetition, this short piece will find many uses in the classroom. It's bound to become a favorite with little people and the grown-ups who read to them, as well.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.