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The Cheese


  • The folk-art quality of the illustrations is rich with country colors–barn reds, field greens, and earthy yellows, and the cartoon animals are funny and expressive.
    –Susan Moorhead, School Library Journal
  • Best for small groups, who can view the detailed pictures up close, this will be a read-aloud hit.
    –Gillian Enberg, Booklist
  • This perspective is a bit sophisticated for Pre-K and many kindergartners, but it offers a wonderful opportunity for primary classrooms to explore and literally play with the understory of traditional songs and word plays.


  • Child, Lauren. That Pesky Rat. Candlewick, 2002. ISBN-13: 978-1841212760
  • DePaola, Tomie, comp. Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose. Putnam, 1985.
  • Edwards, Pamela Duncan. The Neat Line: Scribbling Through Mother Goose. HarperCollins, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0399212581
  • Grey, Mini. The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon. Knopf, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0375836916
  • Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Punk Farm. Knopf, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0375824296
  • Lobel, Arnold. The Random House Book of Mother Goose. Random House, 1986. ISBN-13: 978-0394867991
  • McClements, George. Jake Gander, Storyville Detective. Hyperion, 2002. ISBN-10: 0786806621
  • Palatini, Margie. Moo Who? HarperCollins, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0060001070
  • Palatini, Margie. Piggie Pie. Clarion, 1995. ISBN-13: 978-0395866184
  • Palatini, Margie. The Web Files. Hyperion, 2001. ISBN-10: 078680419X
  • Scieszka, Jon. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Viking, 1992. ISBN-13: 978-0670844876
  • Stevens, Janet, and Susan Stevens Crummel. And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon. Harcourt, 2001. ISBN-13: 978-0152022983
  • Wallner, Alexandra. The Farmer in the Dell. Holiday House, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0823413829
  • Yolen, Jane, and Andrew Fusek Peters. Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry. Illus. by Polly Dunbar. Candlewick, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0763631413