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Bernard the angry rooster
Wormell, Mary.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Bernard the rooster becomes unusually grumpy one day, causing the other animals to be concerned about his behavior.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 48092.
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A simple barnyard tale for very young children.
Bernard, a proud, speckled rooster, takes his job of waking everybody up very seriously. And he's usually happy. But today he's been cross with the dog, the chickens, the pony, and even Lucy, who brings him food every day. What could be the matter? It turns out to be wounded pride: there's a new rooster weather vane on the farmhouse, and it's higher off the ground than Bernard's usual crowing perch. With a little help from his friends, Bernard sets things straight for his morning Cock-a-doodle-doo.
Mary Wormell brings realistic childlike emotions to light in the simplest of words and through her bold and colorful linoleum-cut pictures.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Bernard is a proud, even-tempered rooster, until the day something sticks in his craw. He squawks at little Lucy and leaps on the farmyard kitty's back. All the other animals seem to get on his nerves as well. "What's gotten into Bernard?" It's the new weather vane that's making him cross. Wormell's barnyard story falls flat, but her illustrations save the day. The detailed nicely colored linoleum-cut artwork is both distinctive and engaging. The jacket picture of irate Bernard, with his red comb and black features, is especially nice. --Kelly Milner HallsNew Mystery Reviews for Youth

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a series of her signature sturdy woodcuts, Wormell (Why Not?) once again returns to the barnyard for this tale of a normally cheerful rooster who is having a very bad day. No one knows why Bernard is so out of sorts, but he's certainly making a nuisance of himself chasing Lucy, the farmer's daughter, hassling the cat and pecking at the dog's tail. Finally, with a little unexpected help from Callum the pony, Bernard climbs to the top of a tree and announces, "Cock-a-doodle-do, now I'm higher than you" revealing both the source and cure of his irritability. Attentive readers will find Wormell's carefully planted clues along the way (Bernard is jealous of the new rooster-shaped weathervane on top of the farmhouse). A model of graceful artistry, the volume reflects the economy with which Wormell chooses both her words and her carefully edited vistas, which keep the tale tightly focused. She softens the bold black lines of her chunky woodcuts with subtle coloring, allowing Bernard, his fine black plumage set off by a bright red comb and wattle, to command center stage. His efforts to prove that he's top dog make that rooster will easily win the sympathy of readers. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Bernard's daily job is to wake his barnyard family from his perch atop the fence: "Cock-a-doodle-doo, good morning to you." One day he inexplicably begins to strike out at his friends, who cautiously keep their distance, expressing both concern and annoyance. He chases Lucy when she brings him breakfast and pecks at the tail of Toby, the scruffy dog. Careful observers will notice that a new weathervane-a cock whose head dares to be quite a bit higher than proud Bernard's-is the source of the rooster's unhappiness. He is frustrated and irritable until he figures out a solution to his problem, and while his anger is not condoned, it is forgiven. Young listeners may feel as pleased for Bernard as his barnyard friends when he crows from his new perch atop a tall tree. Bold, textured linoleum cuts, each color illustration a two-page spread, complement the sense of a domestic farm setting. The art is lively and clear and the straightforward layout will make this a good storytime choice.-Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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