When the barnyard animals are invited to a party by their neighbors, they dress in their Sunday best and set off for a day of merriment. But when dinnertime arrives, the famished animals are perplexed to find a simple meal of cornbread. Most of them are polite, but Rooster turns his beak up in disgust and rudely leaves the party, missing the treasures hidden for the guests. The twist ending explains why, ever since, Rooster scratches in the dirt.Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss capture the rhythms and idioms of the rural South, and illustrator Don Tate's whimsical acrylics serve up a regular hoedown of fun.
©2006 Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss; (P)2006 August House Publishers, Inc.