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Chosen as a 2010 ncte notable children's book

The list of thirty books was selected by a committee of the Children's Literature Assembly (CLA) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Books considered for this annual list are written for children, grades K-8, which deal explicitly with language or demonstrate its uniqueness.

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Selected for the Texas 2x2 Reading List

The 2X2 Reading List is a project of the Texas Library Association’s Children’s Round Table. It is a list of 20 recommended books for children, age two to grade two, published in the previous year.

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Kirkus Starred review

*The short-story and picture-book forms are taken to a new level with these 13 very succinct vignettes told in double-page spreads using only three- or four-word rhymes formed with nouns and verbs. For example, the first story features a round-spectacled Billy holding a basketball and Milly next door, each sitting on their respective “stoops” waiting for the ice-cream truck. Billy plays “hoops” while Milly eats her “scoops” until Billy’s ball lands on Milly’s cone: “oops.” The four rhyming words are descriptive enough to emphasize action and reaction in a complete story, the main narrative thread of which depends on Mourning’s cartoon-style illustrations done in a mixed-media collage. Feldman’s choices of noun/verb combinations are not only clever but present a variety of amusing, imaginative and sensible scenarios. New readers will be able to visually move through the stories easily and will be encouraged to talk about the adventures and misadventures of these two friends after they read each rhyming set. A wonderfully playful introduction to language, rhyme and storytelling. (Picture book. 5-7)

—Kirkus, 5/1/09

Starred Review School Library Journal 7/1/09

* Billy and Milly, Short and Silly. Eve B. Feldman. illus. by Tuesday Mourning. (Putnam 978-0-399-24651-7).
PreS-Gr 2–This picture book presents 13 short rhyming stories about Billy and Milly. Most of them are four words long; some, only three. Every word in each selection rhymes. “Gnat/Hat/Splat!/Flat.” The bright cartoon illustrations done in mixed-media collage are the keys to understanding the stories and the humor. Page turns often play an important role in creating a dramatic ending. Both clever and slapstick, this book can be read for pleasure or used as a jumping-off point for thinking about rhyme, language, and story.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

Billy and Milly, Short and Silly! Selected by Indie Bound Book Sellers for Kids Summer 2009 Reading


Billy and Milly, Short and Silly by Eve B. Feldman, Tuesday Mourning (illus.)
(Putnam Juvenile, $16.99, 9780399246517 / 0399246517)
"It would seem impossible to tell an entertaining story in only three or four words, but with the help of some very clever illustrations Feldman has written 13 easy-reading gems. These extremely short stories will be exciting for emerging readers, satisfying for struggling readers, and fun for everyone." --Ellen Davis, Dragonwings Bookstore, Waupaca, WI

Rhyming words are illustrated to make a humorous, short, but fun-sounding concept book (that also creates outrageously comical short stories with its lively illustrations) in Billy & Milly: Short & Silly by Eve Feldman (Putnam).

Ready to Learn Rhyming Words!

One of the hardest things to teach young ELLs is rhyming words. Imagine when you are learning a new language to be asked to think of words that rhymes with a particular sound, you will have to have a pretty strong command of the target language in order to acquire such a high level of understanding and production. Please do not misunderstand me, ELLs CAN learn and produce rhyming words, it just takes them more time, more practice, more repetition. Well, I found a great book at our wonderful Columbus Metropolitan Library to reinforce the teaching of rhyming words (did I ever mention how much I HEART this library, I would be lost without it!) Billy & Milly, Short & Silly by Eve B. Feldman and pictures by Tuesday Mourning is a great book to teaching rhyming words in content. This is reason number one this book is a winner to me, the rhyming words used in this book share Billy & Milly very short stories. This is the kind of book where you are relying a lot in the pictures in order to understand the story. For example: you see Billy & Milly sitting on the stoops of an apartment building. Billy is holding his basketball and Milly is just waiting crossed arms for the ice cream truck to get closer. Billy gets his basketball and starts playing hoops while Milly is enjoying her scoops of delicious ice cream. All of a sudden, oh no! Billy's basketball hits Milly's ice cream andoops! the ice cream is gone!
Now, go back and read the bold words I have just used to tell the story :stoops, hoops, scoops, oops. Those are the only words you will find in those three pages that tell that particular story. What a wonderful invitation for our students to do what I just did: tell a story using those rhyming words using the pictures as clues for meaning and understanding. A wonderful new addition to my treasure of books!
Posted by Stella at Friday, July 10, 2009

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Sept. 09

Feldman, Eve B. Billy & Milly, Short & Silly; illus. by Tuesday Mourning. Putnam,

Feldman turns what could be a tedious lesson in phonics into an emergent reader funfest, in which a series of three or four rhyming words accompanied by cleverly sequ4enced pictures transform into complete stories. Billy sits on a “Dock,” with legs and fishing lure dangling over a “Rock.” Readers share his “Shock” when the partially submerged form proves to be a “Croc!” and Billy makes tracks down the pier. Milly provides a caged “Ape” with a most unpromising turquoise “Cape,” whose superpowers allow the captive to make a flying “Escape.” Not all the mini tales are equally witty, but that will likely matter less to beginning readers than the success most will experience in decoding the words into a coherent text with a funny, often slapstick punch line. Mourning assists the decoding effort with mixed-media compositions that keep the featured item or action in consistent proximity to the word it represents. Sharp-lined, stylish figures, with skinny limbs and oversize heads, appear against richly colored, sometimes softly patterned backgrounds; changes in palette and background texture signal the start of each new story, imposing order on what may initially seem visually inconsistent. It won’t take much urging for readers to attempt this wordplay on their own. Buy. Try.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Sept. 09

Third, fourth and fifth graders at the Webster Hill Library modeled their writing and illustrating after Billy & Milly. Check out their marvelous creations!