I Got the Rhythm

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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...

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Overview

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.

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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)
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"The driving beat of debut author Schofield-Morrison’s narrative is likely to have readers bouncing and tapping right along with her . . . An upbeat celebration of the senses, self-expression, and camaraderie." —Publishers Weekly

 

"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." —Booklist

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619631786
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 196,579
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Connie Schofield-Morrison and Frank Morrison have teamed up for the first time to capture the rhythm of the neighborhood. Connie has been writing since she was a young girl and is inspired every day by the big sounds and bright colors of the world around her. I Got the Rhythm is her first picture book. Frank works as a fine artist and is the award winning illustrator of many books for children including Our Children Can Soar and Jazzy Miz Mozetta, for which he won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. Connie and Frank live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their five children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Fantastic! Wonderful easy read.

    I enjoyed this book so much. What a fun read. Upbeat and uplifting. I will be purchasing multiple copies to give away to all of the children in my life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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