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Tickle Tum!-Nancy Van Laan, Bernadette Pons

  • Title: Tickle Tum!
  • Author: Nancy Van Laan, Bernadette Pons
  • Released: 2004-02-01
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  • Pages: 0
  • ISBN: 0613886518
  • ISBN13: 978-0613886512
  • ASIN: 0613886518

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In this bouncy, vibrant story of a mother rabbit and her baby, the rich, inventive language these two share is the secret to dinnertime success. "Tickle Tickle Tum Tum, bidda bidda boo, lotsa super dooper stew just for you," sings Mama Rabbit as she brings on the supper plate. Because the author believes that mealtime should be fun rather than frustrating, she's incorporated some classic meal games into a series of fresh, entertaining rhyme songs. Catchy little nonsense verses about choo-choo trains, dump trucks, and even a little swooping bird help open reluctant little mouths and put a smile on otherwise grumpy faces. After dinner, more comforting verses soothe the way to bed.

This is an engaging volume for small children just becoming interested in books. Bright, expressive full-page illustrations of wild and splattery meal messes, cats chasing dropped peas, and a winning little rabbit provide lots of visual appeal. The silly, easy-to-memorize rhymes and liberal use of alliteration not only entertain but also encourage the development of language skills. (Baby to age 3) --Marianne Painter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly Here's a rhythmic rap for toddlers at mealtime. "Uppa uppa/ time for suppa!" begins Van Laan (So Say the Little Monkeys), as Pons's (Mouse Cleaning) sunny watercolor and pastel illustration shows a rabbit mother swooping her baby bunny into the high chair. Accompanied by a melange of nonsense words, pointed references to a choo-choo and dump truck, and occasional choruses of "Tickle tickle tum tum," a typical mealtime ensues. The baby bunny attempts to feed a plush toy, throws string beans and hurls peas ("Tippa tip tat/ slinga finga bat,/ peas roll across the floor,/ pounce goes the cat!"), while Mama's dress ends up looking like a good advertisement for a prewash treatment. But Mama and Van Laan never miss a beatAeven when the bunny puts a bowl of applesauce on its head, no clouds enter the picture and the text chirps, "Upsy upsy, done with suppsy." Parents, like the bunny mother, may be worn down by the relentless good cheer, but youngsters will cotton to the percussiveness of the words and escalating mess of Pons's double-spread vignettes. Ages 1-5. (Feb.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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