Sitting Down to Eat (Paperback)
In this cumulative story, a young boy agrees to share his snack with an ever-growing menagerie of animals, each insisting that there is room for one more. A rhythmic tale with vibrant cut paper collages done by Kitty Harvill. Hear the song that inspired the book on "Come on Out and Play" or "Play it Again."
American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, Newsweek's "Best Kids' Books of the Year", NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Selected for the Elementary School Library Collection
"The rhythm is bouncy and the collages full of charm..."Newsweek
"I was sitting down to eat
just about to begin,
someone knocked on the door
and played 'Can I come in?'
I opened up the door
what did I see
it was the famous Bill Harley
looking at me!"
"Readers are placed right inside the famous mitten of the Ukrainian folktale (a derivation Harley points out in an author's note, with a special nod to Jan Brett). Harvill's kinetic-looking, highly stylized cut-paper illustrations match the story's energy and achieve an offbeat attitude to elevate Harley's neat rhymes.... The lyrics land successfully on the printed page, where they bounce along with their own rhythm, no music given and none necessary." School Library Journal