Bernard The Angry Rooster by Mary Wormell

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A simple barnyard tale for very young children.

Bernard, a proud, speckled rooster, takes his job of waking everybody up very seriously. And he's usually happy. But today he's been cross with the dog, the chickens, the pony, and even Lucy, who brings him food every day. What could be the matter? It turns out to be wounded pride: there's a new rooster weather vane on the farmhouse, and it's higher off the ground than Bernard's usual crowing perch. With a little help from his friends, Bernard sets things straight for his morning "Cock-a-doodle-doo."

Mary Wormell brings realistic childlike emotions to light in the simplest of words and through her bold and colorful linoleum-cut pictures.

About Mary Wormell

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Mary Wormell is the author of the Hilda Hen books, as well as Why Not?, which Publishers Weekly called "an altogether agreeable tale" in a starred review.
Published April 18, 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Young fans of Nancy Tafuri's picture books and similar barnyard brouhahas as well as Wormell's earlier farm books (Why Not?, 2000, etc.) will be drawn to this—and will agree that there's a bit of Bernard in everyone.

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In a series of her signature sturdy woodcuts, Wormell (Why Not?) once again returns to the barnyard for this tale of a normally cheerful rooster who is having a very bad day.

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