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Overview

Why the cheese stand alone?

In this hilarious riff on the favorite nursery rhyme "The Farmer in the Dell," readers will discover what really happened to that hunk of cheddar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060526306
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/24/2007
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 630,183
Product dimensions: 8.75(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Margie Palatini is the author of many outrageously funny books for children, including Piggie Pie!, illustrated by Howard Fine; Moosetache, Mooseltoe, and the Bad Boys series, all illustrated by Henry Cole; The Cheese, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher; No Biting, Louise, illustrated by Matthew Reinhart; and Gorgonzola, illustrated by Tim Bowers. She lives with her family in New Jersey.


Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are an illustration team with more than forty picture books in print. Their work has garnered rave reviews and won awards. Their books include My Many Colored Days, Bebop Express, I Walk at Night, New York's Bravest, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Salamander Room. They were also concept artists for Pixar's Toy Story and A Bug's Life. They live in California with their son.


Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are an illustration team with more than forty picture books in print. Their work has garnered rave reviews and won awards. Their books include My Many Colored Days, Bebop Express, I Walk at Night, New York's Bravest, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Salamander Room. They were also concept artists for Pixar's Toy Story and A Bug's Life. They live in California with their son.

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Cheese 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lhamed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun retelling of ¿the farmer and the deli.¿ The pictures are amazing in the book and it is a fun book to read aloud to children. At the end the cheese didn¿t stand alone and everyone had a big party.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A delicious retelling of the nursery rhyme, The Farmer in the Dell, hearing this book read aloud demonstrates how much fun you can have with the conniving rat and the rest of the gullible cast of characters from the rhyme who never stop to question: "Why must the cheese stand alone?"
Pangle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Margie Palatini's version of The Farmer in the Dell is a fun read aloud for young kids. Palatini has also adapted a readers' theater from this book that the kids will have fun reading for their classmates.
theCajunLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Palatini put a hilarious spin on the classic children's sing-along song, "The Farmer in the Dell." The illustrations are vibrant and depict and add to the personality of each main character. Children will love interacting with this book since their familiarity with the song will aid them in anticipating actions as they unfold.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun picture book that discusses the silliness of having "the cheese stand alone." There are delightful pictures and characters throughout the book. It also has a great ending.
ander23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Teaches concept of sharing. Great story and well crafted. The illustrations are amazing, too, incorporating words used in the story in the illustrations. 4 stars.
rpultusk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an altered version of the classic "Farmer in the Dell" nursery rhyme. The rat sees the cheese all alone in the dell and wants to go eat it, but everyone knows that the cheese stands alone. He is eventually joined by the cat, the dog, the child, the mother, and the farmer, all of whom decide that the song is silly and that they should have a picnic with the cheese. While fun to read and to sing, the story relies heavily on the reader's knowledge of the nursery rhyme. However, the plot is simply a variation on the rhyme and is likely repetitious enough for readers to catch on quickly. The illustrations incorporate both words and texture into the drawings. The style of the book includes cartoon bubbles and fun fonts, both of which add to the lively nature of the story. The characters are reminiscent of a folktale wherein the rat is personified in a particular way, the cat is personified in a particular way, etc. The book also includes the words to the nursery rhyme in the back.Highly recommended for elementary school libraries.
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