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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Oink-A-Doodle-Moo, written and illustrated by Jef Czekaj. Balzer & Bray, Harper. 2012. $18.99 ages 3 and up


Pass it on.


Pass it on."

You know where I'm going, don't you?

If you ever played the telephone (we called it 'gossip') game with your own kids, or with your school kids, you will know how much fun it can really be. It was always amazing to me how much the initial message could change, and how many times the kids wanted to repeat the game to see if it might be different the next time.

So, if you are not prepared to read this book repeatedly, or to play ten games of telephone when you have finished the multiple readings, then don't get started! I guarantee that once is not enough...

It starts with the pig, as you can tell from the cover. He has a secret to share, and he chooses to share first with the rooster. As it passes from one farm animal to the next, the message gets longer and more and more fun to repeat. Kids will be giggling when it finally gets to the cat who must pass it to the dog. The cat wants assurance that the dog can listen to and then keep the secret, of course.

Is the dog capable of the task at hand, and who is next in line for hearing it?

So, listen to the secret, check out the sound effects and try to keep a straight face as the secret words get longer and more complicated with every 'pass it on'. Be sure to watch the pig's face closely as the dog does his level best to forward the secret. Will he be defeated by it? What will the pig do next?

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