The Resource Can you growl like a bear?, John Butler

Can you growl like a bear?, John Butler

Label
Can you growl like a bear?
Title
Can you growl like a bear?
Statement of responsibility
John Butler
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In rhyming text, the reader is asked to mimic a variety of animal noises in preparation for a good night's sleep
Tone
Writing style
Illustration
Review
  • PreS-K This engaging picture book challenges children to make animal sounds—not the typical barnyard cacophony but less-familiar ones, from the click of a dolphin to the howl of a wolf. Butler illustrates each animal and its habitat on a broad double-page spread. With acrylics and colored pencils, he uses soft strokes of color and rounded forms to create large-scale pictures with immediate appeal. Written in rhymed couplets, the text asks one question after another: "Can you trumpet like an elephant, tramping across the plain? / Can you croak like a tree frog, basking in the rain?" Children will enjoy making the suggested sounds and getting lost in the eye-catching scenes. The last spread, 10 small circular pictures, shows each animal sleeping and urges children to close their eyes and fall asleep, too. Despite its conventional bedtime-book ending, this picture book is also a natural for sharing with groups of young children. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 09-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 1, p)
  • PreS-Gr 1— This gentle narrative invites children to join in the sounds and actions of various wild creatures. "Can you click like a dolphin,/swimming through the seas?/Can you buzz like a honeybee,/floating on a breeze?" Each uncluttered spread introduces a new animal, easily distinguishable to young children in Butler's signature hazy, pastel-hued paintings. As the pages turn, day passes into night with successively quieter activities. The book closes with a snoozing animal kingdom, each creature smiling peacefully in its sleep. Large text curves gracefully through each image. Nature is depicted as ever-friendly, where frolicking, twinkly-eyed animals lope through soft grasses. While similar works abound, Can You Growl Like a Bear? is one of the higher-quality offerings in the animal-imitation genre. This simple book will fit easily into any storytime or bedtime repertoire.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI --Jayne Damron (Reviewed September 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 9, p158)
  • This welcoming book showcases 10 familiar species that make distinctive sounds, then prompts youngsters to do their best imitations: “Can you growl like a bear,/ rolling in the snow?/ Can you chatter like a chimp,/ swinging to and fro?” Rendered in downy acrylics and colored pencils, Butler's (Ten in the Meadow ) animal portraits are both cuddly and impressively detailed. In one spread, a trio of dolphins glides through sky-blue water, their streamlined bodies dappled by sunlight; one baby dolphin looks directly at readers, offering both a sweet smile and greeting of bubbles through its blowhole. Although the text gently pushes its audience toward bedtime (“Everyone is quiet now,” nudge the final lines, “You can't hear a peep./ It's time to gently close your eyes/ and fall fast asleep”), there's plenty here to keep a circle of preschoolers entertained in broad daylight. Ages 2-6. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed October 1, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 39, p55)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
258899
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Butler, John
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ8.3.B9788
LC item number
Cag 2007
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Animal sounds
  • Animals
  • Bedtime
  • Animal sounds
  • Animals
  • Bedtime
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Picture books
  • Animal sounds
  • Animals
  • Bedtime
Target audience
primary
Label
Can you growl like a bear?, John Butler
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm83603333
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781428772625
Lccn
2006103192
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)83603333
Label
Can you growl like a bear?, John Butler
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm83603333
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781428772625
Lccn
2006103192
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)83603333

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