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Millie wants to play
Pedersen, Janet.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm
Millie the cow is awake early in the morning but waits until she hears the other animals making noise before she joins them in play.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.3 0.5 77093.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Millie the calf is up with the sun and ready to play, but she must wait patiently for her friends to wake up to the rise and shine sound that means it's time to play This title is an exuberant 'read-aloud' story about a situation that every young child can relate to.

Author Notes

Janet Pedersen is a former designer of children's books who now writes and illustrates her own, including the first book about lovable Millie, MILLIE IN THE MEADOW. Of this book she says, "I was inspired to write this story while I was watching my son try to contain his excitement. Waiting for a treat, a holiday, a play date, or even for his groggy mom and dad to finally wake up can be very difficult to do! That burst of energy and sheer delight- when the moment finally arrives - is what I wanted to portray in MILLIE WANTS TO PLAY!"

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. Millie, the spindly lamb previously seen in Millie in the Meadow (2003), is waiting for the rest of the farm to awaken so she can have some fun. She knows she's supposed to wait for the rise-and-shine sound that makes clear it's time to play, so even when she's approached by the lamb, the pig, and the pony, Millie waits to hear the rooster crow. The text is more premise than story, and children may be surprised by Millie's self-control. Still, young listeners will like guessing which animal is coming to call by its sounds (Baaaa! Ba-a-a-a! Oink. Snuffle ), which appear before the animal does. The art has the look of work by an accomplished primary grader--gawky shapes outlined in black and set against basic backgrounds--but that apparent simplicity belies the skill required to produce art like a child's--yet with so much good humor and spunk. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers can identify awakening animals along with the title character in Millie Wants to Play! by Janet Pedersen, first introduced in Millie in the Meadow. As the bovine star awaits the rooster's cry, other animal noises fill the barnyard. "That's not the rise-and-shine sound, Millie thought.... Sounds like...." Children should relish the chance to guess the answer along with Millie, as she buoyantly proclaims the answer on the following page. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Millie, a young cow, waits impatiently for the "rise-and-shine sound" that means it's time to play. Before long, she hears a "Baaaa" and feels sure that the noise is too "low and ripply" to be the rooster. A turn of the page reveals a lamb that is also ready to go. A pig and a pony join the two early risers before they finally hear the "Cock-a-doodle-doooooo" that signals the beginning of the day. Done in gouache, watercolor, crayon, and pen, the colorful cartoon illustrations are filled with movement and reflect the excitement of the text. Outlined in thick black lines, the animals stand out neatly against the looser, pastel-colored backgrounds. Millie is shown with gangly legs and exuberant features. After hearing each animal sound, young readers will want to guess which creature is coming next. A delightful read for one-on-one sharing or for storytime.-Donna Marie Wagner, Exeter Community Library, Reading, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.