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I Yam a Donkey!

by Cece Bell

Published by Clarion, 2015
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠧44087200

Ages 59

揑 yam a donkey, states a big-toothed blue donkey. A persnickety, spectacled yam replies, 揟he proper way to say that is 慖 am a donkey.挃 To which the donkey replies, You is a donkey, too? It抯 Abbott and Costello all over as the ever-more-enraged yam (揑 am not a donkey. I am a YAM!) doesn抰 grasp the futility of trying to get the donkey to understand a few basics of good grammar (not to mention the difference between tubers and mammals). The arrival of some other vegetables provides the yam with the perfect opportunity to get his point across: 揑 am a yam He is a carrot. She is a turnip. They are green beans. That抯 a truth the donkey is finally able to sink his teeth into. Cece Bell抯 laugh-out-loud picture book makes for a grammar lesson that抯 easy to swallow and entertaining, too. Bell uses a flat, na飗e style to great effect in her illustrations, in which the personified vegetables and donkey are wonderfully expressive.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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