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Also by Sherry Gerstein & Andy Bennett:

The Great Cake: A Touch-and-Learn Book

Imagination Vacation: A Color-Foil Shapes Book

Hide & Peek: A Lift-the-Flap Letters Book
Moo, Moo, Who Are You?: A Fold-Out Surprise Book
by Sherry Gerstein, illustrated by Andy Bennett
ages 0-2 16 pages Brighter Minds Media June 2006 Board book    

Andy Bennett's big, bright, bold illustrations and Sherry Gerstein's rhyming clues filled with sound words introduce babies and toddlers to typical American domesticated animals when Jango the giraffe and Spike the elephant visit a farm for the first time..

Spike, especially, is nervous about what these new animals will be like, but he and Jango discover right off that they are in friendly company. Each animal gives clues to its identity on the outside of the fold-out flap on its page with a rhyme incorporating the sound it makes above a picture of something defining about its identity. For instance:
I love to eat grass.
How do you do?
I give lots of milk
and I say
above a carton and glass of milk, next to a Holstein quietly munching bright green grass. Then, when the fold-out is opened, you see a photograph of the real deal in a primary-hued meadow to aid in the broadening of animal archetypes in the child's mind.

Jango and Spike have a grand time meeting these new friends, and their adventure closes with the whole menagerie mooing, clucking, neighing, oinking, baaing and quacking in a gleeful cacophany. A quick review of animals and their sounds buffers the story from the Ideas for Parents and Caregivers on other ways to talk about and play games around the concepts of animals, their "jobs", colors, actions and sounds.

Moo, Moo, Who Are You? is ultimately another winning entry in the PBS Kids line from Brighter Minds Media. You know if it's got PBS Kids on the label, it's got to be good fun - and good for kids.

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