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Where Have You Been?
Where Have You Been
Author: Margaret Wise Brown
ISBN-13: 9780590714099
ISBN-10: 0590714090
Pages: 32
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Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
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From School Library Journal: PreSchool-Grade 1Children fond of call-and-response will enjoy this humorous nursery rhyme. A scholarly looking owl in pearls peers from behind her green-rimmed glasses to ask her animal acquaintances what they've been up to and records their responses in a big book. Brown's slight verses are brought to life by the humor and verve of the Dillons' richly shaded watercolor paintings. On the left-hand side of each spread, the inquisitive owl interrogates an animala race-winning bunny, a saxophonist lion, a motorist frog, and so onand on the right, readers are treated to a full-page, visual recounting of the creature's adventure. The simple, rhythmic text starts out strong but unravels toward the end, as its tight rhyme scheme grows irregular and sloppy. Still, the illustrations are as lively as they are charming, and have enough detail to keep children interested. This book could supplement titles such as Bill Martin, Jr.'s BrownBear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (1983) and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (1991, both Holt).Sophie R. Brookover, Camden County Library, Voorhees, NJ