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Mice Squeak, We Speak Board Book

By Tomie DePaola (Illustrator) & Arnold L. Shapiro (Author)
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Item description for Mice Squeak, We Speak Board Book by Tomie DePaola & Arnold L. Shapiro...

Illustrations and simple text describe the ways various animals communicate, such as hooting owls, squealing pigs, mooing cows, and buzzing bees.

Publishers Description
Now in a board book format, this delightful poem with charming folk-art style pictures from renowned illustrator Tomie dePaola is a perfect first book for sharing with young children.
"The sounds that animals make is the joyful subject of this very simple rhyme in the three verses and dePaola's exuberant illustrations in his best bold folk-art style will have kids joining in and shouting out the words." ("Booklist," starred review)
"Simplicity is the soul of this toddler-friendly poem about how animals and humans communicate. It's also at the heart of the crayon-bright artwork, a model of merry restraint." ("Publishers Weekly")

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Pages   30
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.27" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Board Books
Release Date   Feb 18, 2002
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  2-5
ISBN  0399237984  
ISBN13  9780399237980  

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More About Tomie DePaola & Arnold L. Shapiro

Tomie DePaola Tomie dePaola was born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934 to a family of Irish and Italian background. By the time he could hold a pencil, he knew what his life's work would be. His determination to create books for children led to a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an MFA from the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland, California.

It drove him through the years of teaching, designing greeting cards and stage sets, and painting church murals until 1965, when he illustrated his first children's book, Sound, by Lisa Miller for Coward-McCann. Eventually, freed of other obligations, he plunged full time into both writing and illustrating children's books.

He names Fra Angelico and Giotto, Georges Rouault, and Ben Shahn as major influences on his work, but he soon found his own unique style. His particular way with color, line, detail, and design have earned him many of the most prestigious awards in his field, among them a Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona, the Smithsonian Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal for his "continued distinguished contribution," and the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion. He was also the 1990 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration.

Tomie dePaola has published almost 200 children's books in fifteen different countries. He remains one of the most popular creators of books for children, receiving more than 100,000 fan letters each year.

Tomie lives in an interesting house in New Hampshire with his four dogs. His studio is in a large renovated 200-year-old barn.

- He has been published for over 30 years.
- Over 5 million copies of his books have sold worldwide.
- His books have been published in over 15 different countries.
- He receives nearly 100,000 fan letters each year.

Tomie dePaola has received virtually every significant recognition forhis books in the children's book world, including:

- Caldecott Honor Award from American Library Association
- Newbery Honor Award from American Library Association
- Smithson Medal from Smithsonian Institution
- USA nominee in illustration for Hans Christian Andersen Medal
- Regina Medal from Catholic Library Association

copyright (c) 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Tomie DePaola currently resides in New London, in the state of New Hampshire. Tomie DePaola was born in 1934.

Tomie DePaola has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 26 Fairmount Avenue Books
  2. 26 Fairmount Avenue Books: War Years
  3. Aladdin Picture Books
  4. All Aboard Reading: Level 1
  5. Barker Twins
  6. Barkers: Level 1 (Paperback)
  7. Picture Puffin Books
  8. Smart about the Arts

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Reviews - What do customers think about Mice Squeak, We Speak Board Book?

Awesome Book  May 12, 2006
This is one of the best books about animal sounds ever written. I teach 2 year olds at a daycare center and this is the only book they will sit through from beginning to end. This book even has the other teachers impressed when they peak in my room and the toddlers are all sitting at attention. We read it nearly every day!
Strongly recommended.  Dec 13, 2005
Tomie diPaola's absolutely gorgeous illustrations carry this simple animal-sounds poem to the next level. I like the inclusion of the animal world beyond the barnyard - there are dozens of books informing children that ducks quack and cows moo, but this one includes howling coyotes, creaking crickets, squawking parrots, and chattering monkeys. My 8-month-old adores this book and turns the pages eagerly to see which animals come next.
A Pleasure to Read  Jul 6, 2003
I began reading this book to my daughter when she was 19 months old. Before about that age, she had said very little, mostly animal sounds. Then suddenly, speaking was all that interested her. So this beautiful poem seemed a triumphant expression of her newly discovered voice: "I talk!" A month of very frequent (on request) readings later, my daughter helps by "reading" all the verbs. I think this might be my favorite of her books. It appeals to both her toddler aesthetic and my grown-up one.
Hours of enjoyment  Sep 8, 2002
With restrained colors, this board book is a fun poem to read aloud, with plenty of ways to expand upon the story. Cute drawings, plenty of opportunities to make animal sounds. For example, "Crickets Creak / Mice Squeak / Sheeps Baa/ BUT I SPEAK.... Horses Neigh / .. BUT I SAY... / Parrots Squawk / BUT I TALK"
Adorable  Sep 22, 2001
The three children are absolutely adorable. The animals are cute. The word bites in this book are short and to the point. This is a great book for toddlers and early pre-readers. It can easily keep the attention of both of my children. I enjoy reading this book to my children and have yet to get tired of it. Certainly, this book is a good addition to your child's library.

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