April 18, 2011

It's Time to Rise and Shine!

My kiddos are a couple of early birds.  They are both usually up before the sun and ready to have some fun, much like the little calf in Millie Wants to Play! by Janet Pederson.  Millie knows she has to wait for the "rise and shine sound" before she can play with her friends.  As the animals of the barnyard begin to stir, Millie begins to hear a variety of sounds...the "baaaa" of a lamb, the "oink! oink!" of a piglet, and the "neigh!" of a pony, but none are the "rise and shine sound."  Finally Millie hears the sound she's been patiently waiting for..."Cock-a-Doodle Doo!"  At last it's time to play and start the day!

My daughter loved trying to guess which animal was making each sound and was delighted by the adorable watercolor illustrations of Millie and her farm friends.  And more importantly, just like Millie, she now stays in bed waits patiently until the sun is up and she hears her own "rise and shine sound" that signals the beginning of her day.

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