I Got the Rhythm
  • I Got the Rhythm
  • I Got the Rhythm

I Got the Rhythm

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by Connie Schofield-Morrison, Frank Morrison
     
 

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On a simple trip to the park, the joy of music overtakes a mother and daughter. The little girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her-- from butterflies, to street performers, to ice cream sellers everything is musical! She sniffs, snaps, and shakes her way into the heart of the beat, finally busting out in an impromptu dance, which all the kids join in

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On a simple trip to the park, the joy of music overtakes a mother and daughter. The little girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her-- from butterflies, to street performers, to ice cream sellers everything is musical! She sniffs, snaps, and shakes her way into the heart of the beat, finally busting out in an impromptu dance, which all the kids join in on! Award-winning illustrator Frank Morrison and Connie Schofield-Morrison, capture the beat of the street, to create a rollicking read that will get any kid in the mood to boogie.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
These husband-wife collaborators present a book that reflects the joy and delight of an African-American girl who’s energized by the sounds, sights, and smells around her. Accompanied by her mother and eventually joined by friends, she bops through a city park—puffy pigtails bouncing and a wide grin on her face—as she uses her whole body to respond to and interpret the rhythm she detects around her. The driving beat of debut author Schofield-Morrison’s narrative is likely to have readers bouncing and tapping right along with her: “I shook a rhythm with my hips. SHAKE SHAKE. I felt the rhythm with my knees. KNOCK KNOCK.” Morrison’s (Stars in the Shadows) full-bleed oil paintings make the most of the story’s more boisterous moments. His lithe caricatures showcase rubbery limbs, chipmunk cheeks, and arching bodies as the girl breakdances in front of an admiring crowd (“I popped and locked./ I hipped and hopped”) and a spontaneous line dance erupts amid a diverse group of children. An upbeat celebration of the senses, self-expression, and camaraderie. Ages 2–6. Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (June)
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
If ever a book was written for storytime sharing, this is it. From the adorable, dancing child with hair puffs framing her laughing face on the cover, through page after page of dancing, moving, multi-ethnic children, this book joyfully celebrates city beats and rhythms. Each page introduces a new sound that children can recite with the reader: a “beat beat,” “clap clap,” “snap snap,” or “shake shake.” Hand out rhythm instruments to help children feel and emphasize the beat provided by the author and illustrator. The pictures will make listeners want to smile and participate because every child shown is caught up in the sounds and the beat. Each child beams and bursts with the sounds they hear in their urban neighborhood. The illustrations show that music can come from anywhere in a city environment. A neighborhood teen beats on trash cans. Silent butterflies still make the child blink in tempo. A huge boom box is a beat box for vocal sounds. The children’s faces and movements are uniquely captured by Frank Morrison’s illustrations, with vivid expression in their eyes and mouths. These are the happiest and most engaging faces perhaps ever seen in a book. The book ends with a neighborhood parade where, seemingly everyone marches to the happy sounds that only a booming drum can make. Play your own music with upbeat sounds; or use spoons, sticks, or other “found” rhythm instruments and watch your room of children come alive to the rhythms of this story. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross; Ages 3 to 7.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-16
The beat is all around her when a girl takes a walk in the park with her mother.On a lovely summer day, a young African-American girl in a bright pink sundress and matching sneakers sees, smells, sings, claps and snaps her fingers to an internal rhythm. As a boom box plays its song and a drummer taps his beat, neighborhood children join her in an energetic, pulsating dance culminating in a rousing musical parade. Schofield-Morrison's brief text has a shout-it-out element as each spread resounds with a two-word phrase: "I shook a rhythm with my hips. /SHAKE SHAKE"; "I tapped the rhythm with my toes. / TIP TAP." Morrison's full-bleed, textured oil paintings capture the joy of a mother and daughter in an urban park surrounded by musicians, food vendors and many exuberant children. Read this aloud with music playing loudly—not in the background. Morrison is a Coretta Scott King/New Talent Award winner, and this is a fine debut for his wife in their first collaboration.A lively celebration of music and expressive dance. (Picture book. 3-6)
Booklist

The bright palette and vibrant tones of Morrison's loosely painted illustrations echo the energy of the text nicely . . . the book begs readers to sing and move along with this little dancer.
Library Media Connection

For a storytime that will get bodies rocking, fingers popping, and rhythm flowing.
BCCB

The little girl at the center of it all is wholly likable in her joyful approach . . . This will work well in an interactive storytime for preschoolers, as listeners are invited to shake and stomp along with the happy protagonist.
School Library Journal
10/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—A young girl discovers a world of exuberant rhythm in her neighborhood, from the drummer in the park to playground clapping games to the subtle beat of butterfly wings. The straightforward narrative captures the engaging ways the narrator finds her own rhythm exploring the world around her. She "[hears] a rhythm with [her] ears," "[looks] at the rhythm with [her] eyes," "[catches] the rhythm with [her] hands," and much more. Ready made for storytime, Schofield-Morrison's text pulses with a beat of its own and practically demands audiences to clap along. Each double-page spread offers interactive elements that work for a range of ages, from vocabulary presenting each way the narrator catches the rhythm (hands, knees, feet, and more) to the fun readers can have joining in and keeping the rhythm with their own fingers, singing it with their own mouth, or tapping it with their own toes. Morrison's oil-on-canvas illustrations take their lead from the energetic text but form the core of the story with expansive spreads crackling with movement. A rich, color palette helps the action jump off the page, with a bright blue sky as the backdrop for the yellows and golds and greens of the setting complementing an array of pinks, especially the narrator's bright pink dress. The urban setting and varied cast of characters make this title particularly valuable, showcasing diversity as an integral part of everyday life.—Ted McCoy, Springfield City Library, MA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619631786
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
179,317
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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