cover image Oh, I Love!

Oh, I Love!

George Shannon. Bradbury Press, $11.95 (26pp) ISBN 978-0-02-782180-2

For this small book Shannon has adapted the familiar verses of ""My Little Rooster,'' a North American folk song. ``Oh, I love my little rooster/ and my rooster loves me./ I'm gonna sing with my rooster/ as it sings with me.'' The verses and animal sounds are cumulative, and the reader follows a sweet toddler throughout the day as she singsriding her tricycle with a plump stuffed pig, dancing with 20 pull-toy chicks, having tea with her gingham goose and, finally, being lovingly tucked into bed by her parents. Although the ruddy-faced heroine wears pants and tennis shoes, the pictures have an old-fashioned look, reminiscent of reading primers, to which the artist has added scumbled backgrounds and plenty of yellow sunlight. Ages 1-6. (March)