The Bickleby's Birdbath
Andrea Perry & Roberta Angaramo
Atheneum, 2010 (2010)
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Reviewed by Bob Walch
f your child enjoys stories that repeat previous lines like
This Is the House That Jack Built
, he or she will love this tale about the silly events that unfold in the Bickleby's backyard.
t begins with a picture of eight little birds enjoying an old, red birdbath. Then, without warning, the mailman falls into the birdbath after being chased into the backyard by a goose. It really wasn't the goose's fault, though, because a big moose was stung by a bee and scared the goose that chased the mailman. Then of course, he fell into the birdbath.
think you get the general gist of this rollicking read-along story. It is really far more complicated and also includes a little boy with a runny red nose, lots of tall grass that needs cutting, a nifty scarecrow, a bird's nest full of old buttons, a flock of very curious crows, and a cute little girl with a leaky hose.
h, yes! There's also a very cool surprise awaiting you at the story's conclusion when you discover what the mailman was delivering!
his graphic display of backyard mayhem will appeal to youngsters three years of age and older. It's totally ridiculous but still a lot of fun. You and your child will giggle your way through this very eventful day in the Bickleby's backyard!
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