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Mr. Gumpy's Outing
...by John Burningham.... book level 1.7 (AR)
Mr. Gumpy lives by a river. One sunny day he decides to take a ride in his small boat. It's such a perfect idea that soon Mr. Gumpy has company: first some children, then a rabbit, a cat, a dog, a pig, a few chickens, and a sheep. Will there be room for them all on Mr. Gumpy's small boat? The highly patterned text builds to a climax both expected and hilarious. ASchool Library JournalBest of the Best Winner of theBoston Globe-Horn Book Award ANew York TimesBest Illustrated Chidren's Book of the Year An ALA Notable Book Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal
book summary from
...by John Burningham......book level 1.8 (AR)
It's a lovely day and Mr Gumpy decides to go for a ride in his motor car. But everyone else wants to come too! As the motor car and its passengers makes its way across the field, the rain begins... Mr Gumpy asks for volunteers to push the car, but everyone has an excuse, until it gets so bad that they all have to get out and help. Eventually, the sun shines once more as they drive across the bridge - and there's time for a swim on the way home. (
book summary from
...no AR book level
Farmer Brown sets out on a journey in his little red truck, picking up animal after animal—adding them one by one. The rollicking rhythm and rhyme of this great read-aloud keep the story humming along as the farmer picks up all of the farm animals and the animals who are roaming the countryside. Everything is all great fun, but when the frogs jump on the little red truck, everyone gets stuck in the muck. Children of all ages will be enchanted to find out how farmer Brown and the animals get back on the road.
(book summary from
...book level 2.6 (AR)
Farmer Dale, a friendly dog, offers rides to all the animals he encounters on his way to town. When the load proves too much for his old truck, Dale gets out to push. but only when all the other animals agree to help does the truck sputter to life again.
... book level 2.4 (AR)
The happy man give lots of animals a ride in his dump truck.
... book level 2.4 (AR) ...
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This book has the simplest of plots but it is very charmingly told.
Imagine a pig carrying an umbrella, a sheep doing knitting, and a cow and a donkey and a mouse, all walking along on their back legs in single file.
What else is there to do on a fine sunny morning but to go for a row in the boat?
But there is one big question. "Who sank the boat?"
We are told the outcome right up front, but who was the culprit? The tension and suspense is fantastic as each creature in turn gets aboard. The donkey is a smart critter since he knew how to balance the weight of the cow. The sheep was just as smart since he got on the opposite side to the pig. We are now very low in the water now, but still afloat.
The smallest and the lightest of the friends now gets on board. Glug, glug, glug - Time to swim. "You DO know who sank the boat" - don't you?
This is a classic children's story, beautifully illustrated.
(book summary from
... by Julia Jarman
Time for bath, and all the animals want to jump in ...
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