Bumpety Bump!

Bumpety Bump!

A little boy and his grandfather are out in the garden one day. "Bumpety bump, bumpety bump" goes the little boy as he rides in the wheelbarrow. Everywhere they go they see a little red hen following them. She watches as the little boy reaches high to pick the beans and gets sticky fingers licking the berries. Then, she turns....

32 pages 978-0060559991 Ages 2-4

Keywords: grandfather, farm animals, food, toddlers, adventure, bounce, rhythm, repetition, story time, great read aloud, 2 year old, 3 year old, 4 year old>

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Bumpety, bumpety, bumpety, bump! When Pat Hutchins introduces a boy, his grandfather, a bright blue wheelbarrow, a little red hen, and a garden full of fresh fruits and vegetables you can bet the harvest on this: you are about to open a first–rate picture book with a beginning, middle, and end. It also goes without saying that it has a great sense of rhythm, repetition, affection, and surprise; and a plot and sense of fun that is perfect for preschoolers. Bumpety, bumpety, bumpety, bump!---from the publisher

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"In this offering that reads with the rhythm and bounce of a nursery rhyme, a boy helps his grandfather collect fruits and vegetables from the garden: "In Grandpa's wheelbarrow, I bump up and down--bumpety bumpety bump." A red hen follows the pair, and after loading the wagon with produce, grandfather and grandson reverse course and follow the hen back to the shed, where they find a new egg. The story is slight, and those reading aloud may stumble over an occasional offbeat or missed rhyme. Still, the word repetition will encourage spirited chanting along, and young children will find plenty of familiar foods to look at and point to in the cheerful paintings of orchards and garden rows, presented in cross sections that show views both above- and belowground. This isn't a necessary purchase, but the warm camaraderie between grandparent and child makes the story a good choice for sharing among generations, and teachers may want to include the root-to-fruit views in preschool and kindergarten units about growing things" from ---. Gillian Engberg, American Library Association

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