Say What?

PreS-Gr 1—A freckle-faced boy wonders how he should interpret the sounds animals make. "When a cow says MOO,/does she really mean WHO?/When a lion says ROAR,/does he really mean MORE?" The anthropomorphized animals in the full-bleed digital illustrations are shown interacting as a parent and child would. A mother snake kisses her baby, and a father and daughter horse make "snow angels" in a field of hay. A short tongue-twisting musing near the middle of the story helps segue to the loving message the boy communicates to his mom. With bright, vivid colors, endearing animals, and plenty of delightful details, this picture book is sure to find an appreciative audience.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
"When a duck says QUACK, does she really mean SNACK?" Parent-and-child animal pairs depicted in various human scenarios offer playful suggestions for what animals might be saying when they utter their familiar sounds. The short rhyming questions and an intermittent refrain of this bouncy verse are well served by the colorful pictures.

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