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One Monday
Huntington, Amy.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Over the course of a week, the wind plays havoc all around Annabelle's farm.
Reading Level:
AD 680 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 55275.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 25920 Guided reading level: H.
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What a week on Annabelle's farm! On Monday it's so windy that the barn's tin roof bangs like thunder. On Tuesday the hens' feathers turn inside out. On Wednesday the corn picks itself. . . .Will this weird weather ever end?

Illustrated with breezy wit and unusual perspectives, this wild romp is fresh and full of fun, especially for sharp-eyed children who spot the windswept mouse on every spread.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. This feel-good picture book progresses through the days of the week as Annabelle and her farm friends cope with a fierce wind. "One Monday on Annabelle's farm, it was so windy, the tin roof banged like thunder." A scene of curtains blowing and a young girl awakening seems ordinary--except for the mouse flying toward the bedroom window on a paper airplane. Huntington's metaphors and illustrations then become more far-fetched. "On Tuesday morning it was so windy, all the hens' feathers turned inside out." On the accompanying spread, children will see hens trying to regain their balance and keep their bloomers covered. The strong winds affect all the animals, with Huntington's warm watercolors depicting realistic animals in fantastic predicaments (frogs that belly-surf and cows that lose their spots, etc.). The front endpapers show chicken feathers floating through the air; the back ones feature chickens under umbrellas. Children will enjoy finding the mouse in every spread and imagining what the next day has in store. --Kathy Broderick

Publisher's Weekly Review

Annabelle the farm girl knows something strange has blown into town when she is awakened on Monday by the tickle of billowing bedroom curtains. Outside, it's so windy that a mouse sails by on a paper airplane, the barn's windmill stoops and "the tin roof banged like thunder." Each day brings an escalation of gusts: by Friday, the frogs can "belly-surf" on the trough, and the poor Holstein is stripped of her spots. Finally, the wind exits only to be replaced by a downpour so prodigious that the farm animals get outfitted in raingear. In her first children's book, Huntington writes with the homespun exaggeration of a tall tale: "On Wednesday, it was so windy,/ carrots and turnips twisted out of the garden beds,/ and the corn picked itself." (Throughout, the typography looks a little wind-tossed, too.) The light, elegant touch and dry wit of Huntington's double-spread watercolors make it possible to believe that anything is capable of being airborne even a passel of plump farm cats. This tale shares a premise with Phyllis Root and Helen Craig's One Windy Wednesday (1997), but Huntington's originality is never in doubt. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-For a week, a wild wind disrupts life on Annabelle's farm. Not only does it straighten the pigs' curly tails and turn the hens' feathers inside out, but it also twists carrots out of the garden and blows the spots off the cow. Children will relish the humorous exaggeration in the watercolor illustrations. Frogs surf the waves in the trough. Blue jays cling to sunflower heads spinning like flying saucers. On every spread, a small brown mouse glides on a paper airplane. The situation grows more chaotic until the wind blows on to other parts. But the following Monday, rain starts. While Huntington's humans are not as well realized as the animals, children will likely just ignore the stiff figures and enjoy the barnyard hoopla.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.