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Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow Board book – Lift the flap, April 6 1993

4.4 out of 5 stars 6,193 ratings

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Illustrated in full color. Open the barn door and take a tour around the barnyard to find out just who's making all those wonderful animal sounds.

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER SANTORO has been illustrating children's books for over 30 years. He has been honored by the Society of Illustrators, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the American Library Association, and The New Yorker.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (April 6 1993)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Board book ‏ : ‎ 22 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0679809015
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0679809012
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 90 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 9.83 x 1.5 x 9.86 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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CHRISTOPHER SANTORO has been illustrating a wide array of beloved children’s books for more than 40 years.

Some of his titles include Open the Barn Door, It’s Haunted, Noah’s Ark, Old MacDonald Had a Dragon, Charlie the Caterpillar and Bang! Boom! Roar! A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs. Most recently he has been busy at work continuing his highly successful flap book series for Random House that began with the publication of Open The Barn Door in 1993, now enjoyed by generations of young readers. The most recent titles in the series are Open The Garage Door and Open The Preschool Door.

Over the course is his career, his work has been honored by the Society of Illustrators, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the American Library Association, and The New Yorker.

He divides his time between his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Key West, and can always be found in his studio creating new projects.

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Reviewed in Canada on May 3, 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars Since when does a cat say Mew Mew? They say Meow right?
By Bek on May 3, 2020
I was a little taken back by the size of this book, I did expect it to be small but not this small. Luckily it is a good size for my one year old daughter who loves to open and close the flaps.

My second concern about this book Is the page with the basket.... I am not sure if this is just a typo for a small lot of books including the one I got or if all versions state that a cat says Mew Mew. I honestly think that is something pretty hard to get wrong.

The book is beautifully illustrated and I do like the variety of animals on the farm that are included in the book however the spelling mistake has really let this book down. It’s also a little frustrating how the book goes from adult animals to baby animals.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent teaching and flaps are flimsy
By Cassandra Smith on December 29, 2021
So for such a chunky book, I expected stronger and thicker flaps. But they’re quite flimsy and that makes it really hard to open for a toddler. And isn’t that the point of this kind of book? So they can be involved?

So this sounds petty, but at this age, I think consistency in teaching is important, and maybe it’s just me and how I learned sounds, but there are a few small inconsistencies that I didn’t think were a big deal but bothered me after a while, especially when my daughter kept getting it “wrong” because, yes, a horse says “neigh” but not in this book. It’s a pony. And cat doesn’t go mew-mew to me. I would say “meow.” And on that page, it asks “Who says mew-mew?” Under the flap there is a cat and kittens but the answer is “Cats”. On the last page it asks “Who says hoot?” I would personally say “who who” or something, not hoot, but whatever. You open the flimsy flap and it shows two owls but the answer is “an owl”. But there’s two!

And why does a dog say woof-woof and a cat says mew-mew but everything else is a single sound (moo, peep, oink). And ducks say quack. Again, ducklings is technically right, but a duck would be better for teaching.

That all sounds petty but these are the basics and it just seems slightly off. Maybe that’s the noises someone else would teach but it’s just not for me. It’s in the details and it just seems like no one was paying attention when putting together this book or else maybe it’s written for somewhere else that teaches these noises. I’m not sure.
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MrsK
5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite of ours
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2016
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Margarita
5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket size, a lot of fun
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 12, 2022
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aisha qureshi
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book... Small
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 30, 2020
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Sian L.
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny looking ducklings....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2018
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2.0 out of 5 stars Funny looking ducklings....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2018
A nice chunky board book (although much smaller than I imagined) however two of the pages were stuck together and the flap was stuck down so well that it ripped when we lifted it. The author has obviously never seen ducklings before either.....(see picture!!)
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SJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy but small
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 24, 2021
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