From School Library Journal
reSchool-An energetic mouse romps through his day in a lively introduction to the animals of the farm, told in a chain format. The little creature meets the barnyard denizens, hears the noises they make, and continues on his way. At the end of the story, worn out with the excitement of his day, the mouse cuddles up with some of his toy animals. The repetitive verses make it easy for children to anticipate the next animal and sound. However, they are forced into a tight rhyme scheme, and sometimes become stilted in that effort. The Fimo-clay-sculpted illustrations are full of action, and the detail in the characters and landscape invite close inspection. Each picture is packed with texture and life, from the largest calf to the smallest bug. Fernandes has created an entire world in this farm, and children will enjoy exploring it. In spite of some awkward text, this book encourages interaction and is a good choice for toddler storytimes and lap sharing.Susan Marie Pitard, formerly at Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA
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Ages 2-5. Sculpted from vibrantly colored, extremely pliable modeling material, Kim Fernandes' imaginative farmyard scenes ebulliently depict a mouse, a dog, a pig, a sheep, and other animals playing together. Spiderwebs in the barn, crops sprouting in the field, are examples of the highly defined details that fill the joyful three-dimensional art. Eugenie Fernandes, the illustrator's mother, provides the text of simply structured rhymes, which, with each turn of the page, induct a new animal into the action and invite youngsters to respond aloud: "The happy little cat / goes scampering away, / racing with a noisy duck. / What does the little duck say? / Quack! Quack!" From calling out each animal's distinctive sound to discovering the crawling ladybug, mouse's straw hat, and the diminutive toys the young rodent takes to bed, children will find much to like in this pleasing picture book. Ellen MandelCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved