Thursday, September 8, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book two hundred and fifty-one

Most of us have an inner voice that tells us when we have eaten enough of something, before we eat so much that we make ourselves sick. Some of us though have to learn the hard way that there are times when one can have too much of a good thing. The main character in today's picture book is just such an individual, and her story is wonderfully funny.

Jackie French
Illustrated by Bruce Whatley
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Star Bright Books, 2003, 978-1-932065-48-0
   Pamela the black and white cow loves pears, and she will eat them at every opportunity. In fact, she is not above stealing fresh pears, stewed pears, and pear pies whenever she can. Amy, the little girl, also likes pears, and she starts to get desperate. How can she make sure that Pamela does not eat every single pear on the farm?
   Grandpa puts a fence around the pear tree, but Pamela finds a way under it. Grandma ties Pamela to a tree, but Pamela is so strong and determined that she uproots the tree. Then Amy comes up with an idea that she thinks will bring Pamela’s pear-eating habits to end.
   Children and their grownups will find it hard not to laugh out loud when they read this deliciously funny picture book. Bruce Whatley’s illustrations are delightfully expressive, and the tale’s ending is sure to delight readers of all ages.

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