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Title:
Bob
Author:
Pearson, Tracey Campbell.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
While looking for someone to teach him how to crow, a rooster learns to sound like many different animals and finds that his new skills come in handy.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
440 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.2 0.5 65064.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 34927 Guided reading level: H.
ISBN:
9780374399573
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A rooster learns his sound(s)

Inspired by a pep talk from a cat, a rooster named Bob who's been spending his days merely clucking and never crowing flies the coop to find his true voice. Along the way, he meets many animals who teach him their sounds - but unfortunately not the one he's looking for. Away from the farm all night long, Bob is greeted early in the morning by just the right noise. It's dark by the time he gets back to the henhouse, and when a dangerous fox intrudes, Bob has an urgent reason to try his new crow before daybreak - but "cock-a-doodle-do" alone may not be enough to do the trick.

The tongue-in-cheek text and lively pictures will make this book a perfect story-time selection.


Author Notes

Tracey Campbell Pearson is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Where Does Joe Go? She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-K. The animal that speaks in barnyard tongues (the chicken that moos; the dog that clucks) is certainly not a new idea. John Lawrence's This Little Chick [BKL F 1 02] and Jules Feiffer's Bark, George! (1999) are both fine examples. But Pearson enlivens her take on the theme with especially striking illustrations that follow rooster Bob through the farm and woods as he picks up "meows," "ribbets," and so on from his animal neighbors--until another rooster reminds him how to crow. A fox threatening the henhouse is unfazed by Bob's "cock-a-doodle-doo," but when Bob lets loose his wild symphony of newly learned animal sounds, the fox flees and the barnyard is safe. The text, filled with noises that will encourage rowdy story hours, moves along at just the right clip, and the appealing watercolor art captures all the action and farce. Bob's magnificent black-and-white spotted plumage leaps out from the soft meadows and dark trees, and Pearson finds the distinct personality in each animal character. A visual treat for lap or group sharing. --Gillian Engberg


Publisher's Weekly Review

A rooster with a bit of an identity crisis takes center coop in this lighthearted picture book about the sounds various animals make. Bob the rooster has always clucked right along with the chickens he lives with. But when Henrietta the cat tells Bob he needs to learn how to crow in order to "wake up the girls every morning" he's thrown. Henrietta offers the only help she can and teaches Bob to meow. Further farm and countryside research results in Bob mimicking all manner of noises "Woof,... Moo... and Ribbet-Ribbet-Hop-Hop" among them. At last, he happens upon a bird that resembles him and learns to deliver a rousing "cock-a-doodle-do!" However, it's Bob's mastery of other animals' expressions that proves particularly handy when a fox comes slinking around. Pearson's (Where Does Joe Go?) kicky pencil-and-watercolor scenes give this simple barnyard tale a vibrant sense of sound and movement. Bob's black-and-white speckled plumage and flame-red cock's comb offers readers something to crow about. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Bob has a problem. Living as he does among the chickens, all he can do is cluck. But Henrietta the cat sets him straight: "Bob.-You need to stop clucking and learn how to crow-.That's what roosters do." This advice sends him on a search among the animals of field and forest for one who will teach him to crow. Before he gets it right, Bob has learned to "meow-meow," "woof-wag," "ribbet-ribbet-hop-hop," "moooooo," and even "yum-yum-bugs" (a substitute for cud-chewing); but he finally meets Fred, a rooster who obliges with the proper lesson. Back in the henhouse, Bob is too excited to sleep, so he is wide awake when a fox comes in. His "cock-a-doodle-do" doesn't scare the villain, but the rest of his repertoire terrifies the intruder, particularly his "yum-yum-fox." From then on Bob wakes Henrietta and the girls each morning, either with "cock-a-doodle-do" or, if he feels like it, with "Meow-Woof Ribbet-Moooo Yum-Yum-Bugs!" The droll, repetitious text, perfect for reading aloud, is delightfully complemented by bright, lively watercolor illustrations. Soft, pastoral, rough-sketched backgrounds are offset by vivid animal renderings, with Bob's bold black-and-white speckles and red comb and wattles stealing the show. The younger crowd will love it.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.