Cute, fun and "Uplifting" 🎈


Bim, Bam and Bop are geese with long legs who can run fast. Oona is a duck with short legs. Every day, Oona raced with the geese in hopes of seeing the smooth-as-glass water. She was always too slow. Sick of being last, Oona hatched a plan. First she tried being the first one up. That didn't work. Then she used the treadmill to get faster. That didn't work. Then, she had her best idea yet! She made a flying gizmo that let her see the pond from the sky! Now, the geese were jealous!

Parent Perspective:
This picture book had to grow on me. First time through, I was impatient to see what happened. The next couple times through, I settled in and enjoyed the stories. The illustrations are fun to explore. Colorful and seeming to pay homage to other great children's books. Oona looks like the Ugly Duckling, and the typewriter in the barn brings back memories of reading Click, Clack, Moo ... Cows that Type. 

Roy (the frog) isn't big character, but he plays a big role. He is the friend who encourages and supports Oona. That friendship is definitely worth highlighting for young readers.Although I wouldn't buy this book, I would definitely recommend borrowing it from the library to read with your toddler and preschooler.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Bright colors, fun illustrations, and a cute duck will engage young listeners while you read this story.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This is a story about competition and creative problem solving.
Educational Themes:

The competition between Oona and the geese is the unstated center of the plot. The author does a great job not just showing Oona's frustration and disappointment, but her can-do attitude to solve the problem. The story would be good for reading with siblings - especially older kids who always outpace their younger brothers and sisters. Roy is probably overlooked, but he's an important part of the story. He's the friend who supports and encourage Oona.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. The book has wonderful illustrations, but the story isn't so strong you'd buy and keep this on your shelf.

Title Bim, Bam, Bop ... and Oona
Author Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Publisher University of Minnesota Press © 2019
Illustrators Larry Day
ISBN 9781517903954
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Self Worth, Problem Solving
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