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Tell me another! : read-aloud stories for the very young
Price, Mathew.
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New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2000.

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 26 cm
Will you be my friend? -- Bears don't swim -- Picture stories--wind, rain, snow, sun -- The old alligator -- Go away, Mr. Wolf!
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Here's an irresistibly illustrated collection of five original stories that is especially designed for children as young as one year. Each of the simple animal stories features interactive activities. "Go Away, Mr. Wolf," a sprightly new version of "The Three Little Pigs," is made all the more fun with big die-cut doors to open. "The Old Alligator" includes simple instructions for joining in the action by clapping hands, rubbing the tummy, making a big smile, and more. Die-cut picture tabs enable toddlers to find their favorite story all by themselves, making this a terrific first storybook for both reading alone and reading aloud.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Price's (Peekaboo!) collection of a handful of tales suggests different approaches to storytelling. Two tales are traditional narratives of realization: "Will You Be My Friend?" tells of a lonely chick who discovers that while he can't find many animals to play with, they do come to his rescue when he really needs them; "Bears Don't Swim" stars a water-wary hero who finds out "that he loved swimming as much as--well, as much as honey sandwiches." Four full-bleed, wordless "story pictures" show off the volume's greatest strength: Morozumi's (My Friend Gorilla) artwork, depicting a quartet of different climates (a sunny jungle, a windy park). The piŠce de r‚sistance is a cutaway spread of Noah's Ark in the rain: Noah's family mingles with free-reigning animals, laundry dries inside on the line and gorillas warm by a fire. A few of the animal pairs are separated (Noah's wife talks to a mouse perched on the window sill while its mate hangs out a couple levels below), making for a fun game of match-ups. Flaps in the final story reveal a menacing wolf's meager disguises as he tries to trick a family of pigs into letting him into their house. It's an uneven but playful potpourri of tales, but the paintings of appealing cuddly and downy creatures are consistently captivating. Ages 1-5. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-In the first of these five selections, a lonely chicken asks the other farm residents to play with him, but they ignore the youngster until they all come together to save him from a fox. In "Bears Don't Swim," Bear is surprised to discover that he actually does like the water (he is also somehow able to free stroke without any lessons). Four "Picture Stories," each consisting of a detailed double-page painting, are intended to encourage children to make up their own tales. A piece about an alligator snapping up three ducks includes rather obvious directions for acting out the story, and the innocuous "Go Away, Mr. Wolf!" features three young pigs and a lift-the-flap door. The eye-catching layout is open and varied, with lots of white space and large text. The single- and double-page paintings are colorful and appealing, showing fuzzy animals, interesting details, and bright backgrounds. The stories are easily accessed through die-cut picture tabs that show each main character. Unfortunately, many of the tales rely more on a gimmick, such as lifting a flap, than on strong characterization and good storytelling.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.