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She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain    by Philemon Sturges & Ashley Wolff order for
She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain
by Philemon Sturges
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2004 (2004)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Southwestern animals - snake, skunk, possum, raccoon, coyote and others - provide a colorful and entertaining illustrated accompaniment to an adaptation of the beloved American folk song, She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain. It begins with a truck exiting a tunnel, animals watching ... 'She'll be honkin', she'll be hootin', she'll be shoutin', she'll be tootin', / She'll be comin' 'round the mountain when she comes.'

There are dusty, desert scenes and towns with plenty of critters and delightful details for kids to discover and exclaim over. They'll enjoy spotting both the truck and the singer on most pages, as well as the anticipation of who she is, how she looks and talks, and whether she'll be 'too hooty-tooty' or 'snooty' when she comes. It concludes 'Yea! She's Here!' with the perfect ending, as we finally learn who she is. This one's a winner - sing along with it together.

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