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Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn it Out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn it Out!

Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood
collected by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2017

“Our earliest toys are our hands, feet, and voices,” says Patricia C. McKassack who collected dozens of hand clap songs and jump rope rhymes, hymns, parables and even performance pieces inspired by African American writers.  Each one comes with a history, some Patricia’s history and most others of where and when they came from or how they came to be.

Her research shows that Aesop is thought to be an Afro-Greek storyteller who lived as a slave more than twenty-five hundred years ago.  The book shares how original songs were reshaped while people were in slavery.  Spirituals originated in the fields and slave quarters of the plantation South.  She writes how the songs came to be written down and are still enjoyed today, songs like Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho.  The song, Follow the Drinking Gourd, was taught to runaways to help lead them to freedom.

A rich collection of history brought together in one book.

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Origami Peace Cranes, Friendships take Flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Origami Peace Cranes, Friendships take Flight
by Sue DiCicco
Tuttle Publishing

Emma just moved to a new school and was sure no one would like her. Her hair was too plain, her dress was too plain, even her lunch was too plain. Several kids opened conversations, but Emma assumed they were better than her and didn’t respond.  The class learned to make peace cranes and when Emma returned to her desk, she found a desk full of cranes with personal notes.   She began to think that, “maybe, just maybe, me is enough!”  A wonderful story that gives voice to all the ways kids think no one will like them.  Included in the book are a pack of origami sheets and instructions on how to make a peace crane to share with others.

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Old MacDonald Had a Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old MacDonald Had a Farm
by Gris Grimly
Orchard Books, 2017

Every child knows the song, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, but this book has a GREAT BIG surprise ending!  Author/artist Gris Grimly, raised on a farm and now lives in a city, decided to share his family’s version of this song with young readers.  His illustrations are fun, action-filled, and include several surprises and sub-stories to delight the visually alert readers, including a ‘heart’ patch on the farmer’s overalls. A great family story.

Back matter includes a brief history of the song—an early version sung during WWI—its music, as well as old-timey pictures of Gris Grimly’s farming family.

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Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall!
by Anne Sibley O-Brien, illustrated by Susan Gal
Abrams Appleseed, 2016

Fall is the time of great changes: from returning to school, to birds migrating south, to leaves turning colors.  Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! uses these magnificent, contrasting changes to immerse the reader in fall.  The illustrator uses rich, vivid, splashy colors to expand each scene’s story beyond the words given.  Fall is almost like magic, the changes are so big, hence the author uses magic words to introduce each new transformation.  To be sure each young reader is engaged, the transformed scenes hide behind a flap calling to be turned.

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Go Sleep in Your Own Bed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go Sleep in Your Own Bed!
by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Lori Nichols
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2017

Kids will love this poetic, interactive, guess which animal comes next story about animals on the farm. The story opens with a girl snuggled in her bed on the farm. Then, when pig “toddled to his sty, waddley-jog, Mooo!, Who do you think he found?”  When each animal found goes to his/her own bed, they find another, until the house cat snuggles in bed with the girl.  Filled with light humor, like when the horse was found in the tiny chicken coop!

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My Pictures After the Storm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Pictures After the Storm
by Eric Veille
Gecko Press, 2017

An interactive board book full of surprises.  Author/illustrator Eric Veille shows a page including six pictures and an opposite page showing the same six pictures after an imaginary storm, where the umbrella blew away, the ice cream cone spilled and the slide fell to the ground.  Young readers get to explore changes made to each picture. One set shows pictures of food items for lunch and pictures after lunch, where we see crumbs from bread, an apple core, and untouched boiled spinach.  Great book to help develop a young one’s thinking skills.

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Lion Lessons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lion Lessons
by Jon Agee
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016

A young boy enters a school to earn his Lion Diploma.  He is told there are seven lessons.  He does not impress the school master with Lesson one, Looking Fierce.  Nor Lesson two, Roaring.  He’s not very good at hiding, sprinting nor pouncing. Until…he spots a very large dog chasing a very small kitten and his lion powers come forth.  A fun way to imagine taking on new powers with clear, expressive and clever illustrations. Young readers love imitating the lion.

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K is for Kindergarten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


K is for Kindergarten

by Erin Dealey, illustrated by Joseph Cowman
Sleeping Bear Press, 2017

In this book, readers get two books.  One is an alphabet book, counting down the days before the first day of Kindergarten, and the second is an activities book, providing the anxious/excited child activities to both entertain and teach.

Author Erin Dealey weaves together poetry and kindergarten activities in the countdown.
“C is for crayons and coloring.
How creative can you be?
Glitter, scissors, paste, and yarn—
make some art for all to see!”

Each page includes a Kinder Countdown and a Kinder Challenge introducing or reviewing, depending upon your child, kindergarten basics, like the ABC Song, drawing, jump roping and music.

The illustrations are rich, colorful and right on target to capture the emotions leading up to starting school.This book is a delight to the ear and eye and includes pages of interactive things to do.

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Everyone is Yawning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone is Yawning
by Anita Bijsterbosch
Clavis, 2016
Originally published in Belgium/ the Netherlands.

A perfect bedtime story for the youngest readers, this book makes everyone yawn!

On each page is an animal who is tired.  On the first page, a large kitten smiles at the reader.  When the words say, “Look, the kitten is yawning,” the reader lifts the flap on the kitten’s face and sees the kitten yawn.  And so it goes with a raccoon, hippo, crocodile and more. The story ends with a pile of sleeping animals, including the child. Featuring scary animals, like a snake, and introducing new animals, like an artic fox, Everyone is Yawning and its yawning flaps, will entertain young ones for hours—or at least until they fall asleep.

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Spunky Little Monkey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spunky Little Monkey
Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson, illustrated by Brian Won
Scholastic Press, 2017

Bill Martin Jr (of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) does it again with a new interactive book for spunky toddlers.  Spunky Little Monkey is all about rhythm and rhyme, exercise and fun, and getting the body started in the morning.

Little Monkey has difficulty waking and the doctor prescribes exercise:
Rutabaga, Rutabaga
Sis! Boom! Bah!
POP UP, Monkey!
Rah! Rah! RAH!

Through a rhythmic, energetic, dancing song, monkey finds the rhythm in his head, then he finds the rhythm in his hands, then his feet and his hips.  When he puts them all together, he feels much better.  He gathers together his friends and off they go to play.  Perfect book to learn body parts and run off steam. Brian Won illustrates monkey action in a toned down rainbow palette, showing lots of actions; although most kids readers will be dancing, not enjoying the art work!

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