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Millie in the meadow
Pedersen, Janet.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm
As Millie the cow watches, an artist paints pictures of some of the other meadow creatures--and finally a picture of her as well.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 68816.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Little readers of this sunny picture book will have fun guessing along with Millie whom the artist in the meadow is painting - until the final work of art is revealed.

When an artist comes to the meadow, Millie the knobby-kneed calf watches and guesses as he paints each of her colorful friends - Ladybug, Spider, and Bunny. Will he ever paint a picture of me? Millie wonders. Spots . . . skinny legs . . . a swishing tail. It's Millie! With springlike watercolors and simple, inviting text, Janet Pedersen creates a cheerful story about an innocent and irresistible calf who learns a little about those around her and a lot about herself.

Author Notes

Janet Pedersen is a former designer of children's books who now writes and illustrates her own. Of MILLIE IN THE MEADOW, she says, "When I was growing up, my family and I spent our summers in Tehachapi, California, where we lived and worked on our ranch. I took care of pigs, chickens, and a baby calf I named Lucy. Lucy was just as knobby-kneed and long-lashed as Millie, and she swished her tail just as often! I like to think Lucy was as happy as Millie, playing in the tall grass with her many colorful friends." This is Janet Pedersen's first book with Candlewick Press. She lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 1. An endearing, spindly legged calf named Millie is happy in the meadow, even when a visiting artist seems interested in painting all of the meadow's denizens but her. First, the boy sets up his easel and paints a small red body with black spots. Millie thinks, "That's not me." She guesses the subject's identity, however: "Mooooo! Must be Ladybug!" The pattern continues as the boy proceeds to paint a spider and a bunny. Children will enjoy guessing (with Millie) which creatures the artist is painting as they receive clues from the book (eight legs, two tall ears, etc.). But what's this? At the end of the day, the artist reveals his masterpiece, and at the center is a white body with brown spots, four legs, and a long tail: "Mooooo! Must be ME!" Millie exclaims. Pedersen's cheerful watercolors capture an idyllic pastoral setting, abuzz with cute, comical creatures great and small. The story is slight, but the inquisitive, long-lashed, tail-swishing Millie will win the hearts of preschoolers. Karin Snelson

Publisher's Weekly Review

This unprepossessing tale of a cow with a toddler attitude teaches animal attributes as it goes along. Millie, a brown-spotted, gangly calf, secretly hopes to be the subject of an artist who shows up in her meadow one day. The painter, however, seems interested in all the meadow's inhabitants but her-which Millie ascertains by comically surveying her body after each new addition to the canvas. "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 skinny legs. That's not me, Millie thought." Pedersen (A Friend Like Ed) depicts the heroine with her head upside down, her wide eyes peering through her own stick-like appendages. (The subject, Millie guesses with a swish of her tail, is one of her friends, a purple spider.) Examining her long string-like tail, she determines that she is not the model for a painted image with "two tall ears and a fluffy white tail," either ("Mooooo! Must be Bunny!"). Still, as muses go, Millie is far from demanding. When she's not checking out the artist's progress, she frolics contentedly in an endearingly naf-styled meadow, the thick ink outlines of her akimbo legs and smiling snout popping out of the crayon-limned, lime-washed hills. Then one day Millie spots something familiar in the painting: "Someone with a white body and brown spots, four legs and a long tail." Not only has she been immortalized, long eyelashes and all-she's the focal point of the painting. "Mooooo! Must be me!" she cheers. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved