The book that really blew me away and I hope to add to my own collection in the near future was...
Albert Whitman & Company.
Guided Reading Level: G
Grandma proves to be quite the mischevious farmer's wife in this story! As the grandkids have come for a visit, she's planned up quite the scheme to "get" Grandpa on April Fool's Day! Taking turns, the grandchildren continually reappear at the door, shouting to Grandpa,
The cows have got loose - I think Big Brown Bessie just stepped on a goose!
Grandpa, oh, Grandpa! The pigs broke the gate! They're in the
tomatoes! Oh, hurry, don't wait!
Grandpa, oh, Grandpa! The sheep are all gone! I've heard thatGrandpa doesn't fall for their foolishness though, and reminds Grandma, as she's inquiring about all the ruckus, that April Fool's Day is today and that he know's he's being fooled! However, Grandma's the one that does the real fooling, joining in on the grandchildrens' prank! She gives him a little white lie,
they're munching on somebody's lawn!
"But, honey, said Grandma, you'll find to your sorrow, it's not April Fool's DayGrandpa quickly dashes out the door, suddenly worried about all of his animals... only to find... he's the real
today, but tomorrow."
The story really was adorable and kids will certainly be laughing at the illustrations that so vividly allow imaginations to really believe that the animals have gotten loose!
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