Alan Snow, Author Bantam Books for Young Readers $4.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-09765-8
Using only one word per page, Snow creates merry dramas in this cunning board book quartet. The appearance of a ``fox'' causes a duck and her brood to ``hide''; a plump porker goes through a ``gate'' into a ``yard,'' where he lands in a ``puddle'' with a resounding ``splash.'' These First Farmyard Tales begin by identifying the noisemaker in question (hen, pig, duck, dog) and end with the respective eponymous calls; in between, Snow finds abundant opportunity for teaching simple object and concept identification. Clear colors, simple lines and cross-hatching produce cheery, childlike artwork ideally suited to toddlers. A fitting addition to these creatures' cries will be the sounds of approval from a delighted audience. Ages 1-up. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/30/1995
Release date: 02/01/1995
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