Roll over a counting song
Roll Over!: A Counting Song by Merle PeekThis is a new version of the classic song Roll Over which begins “10 in the bed and the little one said: “Rollover! Rollover!” They all rolled over and one fell out. I assumed that these were stuffed toy animals the boy had crowded into his bed.
The illustrations appear to be pen and ink and watercolor. The pages are done entirely in soft yellow, blue, and white.
The little boy begins his night by sharing the bed with a bear, snake, rabbit, monkey, and so on. After all the animals have fallen out of bed and the child is “alone at last!”, he falls asleep. The animals are now pictured in a wallpaper border encircling the room below the ceiling. So, I guess they weren’t stuffed animals after all.
While this is a novel concept for the song, I felt the pictures were lacking in interest. They needed either more detail or more color. I realize the story took place at night, but since the words were already familiar, the illustrations needed to draw the reader in more.
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Ten In The Bed
An illustrated counting song tells how a little boy emptied his bed of ten sleepy, grumpy animals. Merle Peek is a free-lance illustrator who lives in Denver, Colorado. He received his BFA degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and enjoys ice-dancing and riding roller coasters as well as illustrating children's books. If you know the book but cannot find it on AbeBooks, we can automatically search for it on your behalf as new inventory is added. If it is added to AbeBooks by one of our member booksellers, we will notify you!
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The artist features soft blues, candlelight golds, and shadowed browns to create a nighttime mood in which a young child shares his bed with 9 friendly animals. Beginning with the number 10, one after the other tumbles to the floor as the counting rhyme works backward until the child is "alone at last". Peek's colors and spacing are nicely rendered. Music is appended. Pages :