I Heard a Little Baa
Author: Elizabeth MacLeod; Illustrator: Louise Phillips
Pages: 30 (Board Book)
Publisher/Date: Kids Can Press/2007
ISBN: 1554531799
Age Levels: Infant to 5

Book Review

Elizabeth MacLeod and Louise Phillips have created a clever, lively rhyming game in the form of a board book. Each double-page scene offers the first three lines of a rhyme:
I heard a little baa;
It woke me from my sleep.
First I saw a woolly face . . .
When the reader turns the page, the final line—as well as an animal—is revealed:
And then I saw a sheep.
Bears growl, cats purr, and bees buzz their way through this appealing title.

The illustrations, outlined in what looks to be black crayon, are large, cheerful, and bursting with energy.

Classroom Experience: We took the book into a pre-school classroom. It didn’t take long for the students to begin shouting out their guesses to the rhymes. A perfect choice for read-alouds as well as building phonemic awareness.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
©2007 Education Oasis http://www.educationoasis.com

About the Author

Elizabeth MacLeod was born in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. She has written a number of books for children, including Harry Houdini: A Magical Life. She lives in Toronto.

About the Illustrator

Louise Phillips, born in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, started drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon.