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Children's LiteratureIn their introduction, the authors of this preschool teachers' resource state: "The activities suggested with the songs, chants, and rhymes in this book provide opportunities for enhancing the development of listening and oral language development skills, as well as opportunities for building comprehension skills, supporting print awareness, and refining the knowledge and recognition of letters." The more than 250 songs, rhymes, and chants that follow this introduction have hundreds of activities that meet the objectives of the authors. Every title has the following listings: related songs, chants, and rhymes; literacy activities; learning centers; outdoor play; and, music and movement activities. Teachers can choose to create a curriculum completely around a specific song, chant, or rhyme or simply use a suggested activity to enhance an already established lesson. There is a chart at the end of the book that groups the song, chants, and rhymes thematically to make this opportunity that much easier. The authors have chosen songs, rhymes, and chants familiar to multiple generations and regions. They provide music websites in the appendix should a tune be unfamiliar to the user. The appendix also provides activity sheets suggested within the book. There are four indexes: theme, songs, games, and general. This is a simple resource to use and will motivate even the most hesitant singer to provide learning opportunities in exuberant song. 2004, Gryphon House, Ages adult.
—Andrea Sears Andrews