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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: PAN Macmillan Childrens Books; 3rd edition, revised edition (June 4 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405004770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405004770
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.1 x 27 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-- In this traditional tale, adapted and retold in verse, a little old woman complains to a wise old man that, "My house is a squash and a squeeze," even though she is the sole resident. The thoughtful man tells her to take in, in turn, her hen, goat, pig, and finally her cow. Of course the house seems gigantic when the temporary boarders are put out. Clever caricatures of characters accentuate the humorous situation. Just a curl of a lip or the ideal placement of the dot in the white eyeball make them whimsical, pensive, dismayed, serene, or horrified. Pen-and-ink outlined with bright watercolor washes are set against a white background. It seems that light is shining through the pages. Best of all is the language; the refrain reverberates even after the story is over. Margot Zemach's It Could Always Be Worse (Farrar, 1990) and Eleanor Chroman's It Could Be Worse (Childrens, 1972; o.p.) are familiar versions of the story. Donaldson's has fewer details, but its rollicking verse makes it a charming story hour addition.
- Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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You may not think you need yet another version of the tale about someone realizing that her house is actually big enough to accommodate a whole slew of animals, after crowding them in--one by one--on the advice of a wise man (he looks as much like a vicar as a rabbi here). But this variant has two things to recommend it: Donaldson's merrily lilting text (``The little old lady cried, `Stop, I implore!/It was cramp-y for three and it's teeny for four./Even the pig in the cupboard agrees/my house is a squash and a squeeze' ''); and Scheffler's vigorously limned cartoon-style illustrations, explicating and elaborating the ludicrous events line by line. Where funds permit, a worthy addition. (Picture book. 3-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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By wterrett on May 20 2014
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We purchased the book plus the audio CD to give as gifts to our friends children because we love the story so much in our family. The price, facility and speedy shipping make online ordering the only way to go.
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My daughter (4) loves this book - as do I. It's fun to read out loud, as are all of Donaldson's books. The rhyming is fairly simple; I think that my daughter would have loved it much earlier and she's maybe at the older end of the spectrum for this book. Still, hard to lose with a Donaldson book. Our favourite is Sharing a Shell, followed closely by the Snail and the Whale.
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By Tiffany Casarin on Nov. 30 2013
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This book is our favourite and it never gets old! love it and add to our collection of Julia Donaldson/ Axel Scheffler books
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By Danny on May 8 2013
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My kids love it (2 1/2 and 8 months), I love it too. It's a very cute story with nice art work.
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By Donna J Olsen on Nov. 9 2014
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Very entertaining with a great message about appreciating what we have.
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