What’s the Magic Word, Under My Hood I Have a Hat

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What’s the Magic Word by Kelly DiPucchio
Join Little Bird on a windy adventure through the barnyard. Newly hatched this fluffy little fellow is swept up by a gush of wind and plunked down in front of a stall. Little Bird wants in but he doesn’t know the magic word… which according to the cow in the stall is “moo moo”. When the wind sweeps him up again and drops him in front of a hive Little Bird tries using “moo moo” but the bees will have none of it… and Little Bird is carried off in the wind again. The saga continues with Little Bird trying to get in to a pig sty, a doghouse, and an owl’s nest. Little Bird finally makes it home to the joy of his mama who lets him know the true magic word. This rhythmical story would be perfect for storytime. (Spring, farm, wind, animal sounds or no theme at all!) And the rhymes “work” which is always a plus! The illustrations by Marsha Winborn are so cute and evoke the humor of the story without being cartoony. I love the picture on the first page of the just hatched Little Bird. DiPucchio is also the author of Liberty’s Journey which is an excellent book in my opinion.

Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin and illustrated by Fumi Kosaka

Simple line drawings filled in with pastel-like/vibrant colors complement the simple rhyming text which chronicles all the winter attire a young person needs to go out in the snow. “Under my coat my sweater’s blue. My sweater’s red. I’m wearing two.” Sound like winter 2005??? Once all the pants and boots and hats and mittens are on our little protagonist needs to be extra careful once outside: “And when I walk I must not fall because I can’t get up at all.” Another storytime keeper. (clothes or winter).

~posted by April M.

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