Iza Trapani, author and illustrator
Iza Trapani has written and illustrated several books for children including the best-selling Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; The Itsy Bitsy Spider; and Baa Baa Black Sheep. She lives in the Hudson Valley in New York.
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- Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year, 2007
School Library Journal
The traditional nursery rhyme is expanded into a lively story when pesky insects and animals invade the garden. Oh, how we love to pull up roots,/Nibble on fresh and tender shoots,/Fill up on plump and juicy fruits,/In spring when plants are growing. No amount of fencing deters the scavengers that jump over, tunnel under, and slink through holes in the netting; raccoons easily open the gate. So, in the end, all of the animals feast on a bumper crop while the good-natured gardener throws up her hands and sings, Here we go 'round the mulberry bush…'Round and 'round each year! Humorous, whimsical watercolors depict the devious crew stealing off with the bounty and outwitting the human who seems resigned, yet again. A good choice for reading aloud. – Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Vermont Country Sampler, August 2012
Any gardener who has had a row of string beans or eggplant leaves become a tasty meal for a woodchuck can relate to Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush by Iza Trapani (www.charlesbridge.com, $6.95 paper) where a dedicated gardener is no match for an army of predators that include rabbits, woodchucks, mice and deer. A high wooden fence is her last defense only to find a family of raccoons have used their agile fingers to unlock the gate. And all the animals come in for a feed! The drawings of the free-loading wildlife, just make the story which is set to the familiar childhood song, Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, words included.
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Page count: 32
8 3/8 x 9 5/8