Korean Nursery Rhymes: Wild Geese, Land of Goblins and other Favorite Songs and Rhymes

Korean Nursery Rhymes: Wild Geese, Land of Goblins and other Favorite Songs and Rhymes

by Danielle Wright, Helen Acraman
     
 

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A charming collection of fourteen well-loved rhymes, Korean Nursery Rhymes is the perfect introduction to Korean language and culture for young readers.

This beautifully illustrated book features songs and rhymes perfect for children who are interested in learning the Korean language or about its culture. Presented in both English and Korean, this

Overview

A charming collection of fourteen well-loved rhymes, Korean Nursery Rhymes is the perfect introduction to Korean language and culture for young readers.

This beautifully illustrated book features songs and rhymes perfect for children who are interested in learning the Korean language or about its culture. Presented in both English and Korean, this multicultural children's book also includes an audio CD with recordings of kids singing in both languages — songs so lively and sweet, you'll soon find yourself singing along! Many accompany everyday play activities like jum rope and hand clap games. Others speak to a child's view of nature, and a love of home.

Favorite rhymes and songs include:

  • Little One
  • Monkey's Bottom
  • Twirling Round
  • Spring in My Hometown
  • And more!

For preschoolers and beyond, this book will be a joy to the mind, the eye, the ear and the heart.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Children and animals drawn in a palette of tropical colors cavort through Wright’s charismatic collection of 14 traditional Korean songs and nursery rhymes; each rhyme appears in English and Korean Hanguel characters, as well as phonetic form. The selections touch upon themes of mother and child togetherness, make-believe creatures, play, nature, and even potty training. Wright also notes how certain songs, games, and ideas are similar cross-culturally: a group game like “Little Fox” is played much like “Duck Duck Goose,” and, for Korean children, the figure in the moon is a rabbit, rather than a man. In a sleepy, celestial rhyme, the moon rabbit crosses the sky: “Without sail and without oar/ He glides to a western shore/ Across the Milky Way to the land of clouds.” An audio CD includes recordings of the rhymes in both Korean and English. Ages 4–8. (May)
From the Publisher
"Like singing in a round, there is a lot going on—it is fun and exciting and very busy. Each part deserves attention. First, the book can stand alone as a bilingual book of 14 children's nursery rhymes. Chirpy, simple and bright ... Second, the language translation is repeated three times: first in Hanguel script, then in Romanized, phonetic Korean and finally in English. ... Finally, the music CD allows readers to listen to correct pronunciation, with each song (played by guitar and sung by young children) performed in Korean and then English. The illustrations are two-dimensional and cartoony, with round bodies and smiling eyes. Both unusual and useful, for this ever-shrinking world." —Kirkus Reviews

"Children and animals drawn in a palette of tropical colors cavort through Wright's charismatic collection of 14 traditional Korean songs and nursery rhymes..." —Publishers Weekly

"This is a really pretty book with rhymes and games from Korea. It also has a CD so you can hear how the rhymes should sound. I liked this book." —Cole, Age 7, City Book Review

"Songs are a very effective way to expose kids to language. These are the nursery rhymes and songs that Korean kids grow up with; their "Mother Goose" if you may." —PragmaticMom.com blog

"The nursery song book does a fantastic job presenting some of Korea's traditional and modern nursery rhymes in a way that makes language learning simple for any age. [...] Sit back and relax to the tranquil melodies as you easily master the Korean language alone or with your little on. Singing along to the rhymes will make you feel accomplished and will absolutely aid in your vocabulary retention." —Gone Seoul Searching blog

"This colorful compilation of nursery rhymes is written in English and Korean. It also comes with a CD of nursery songs in both languages." —Travel Life magazine

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Brightly colored, predominately in oranges and purple, this book presents 14 nursery rhymes, many of which are songs. The CD follows the book with each tune first sung in Korean, and followed by the English version. All of the numbers are interpreted with a Western-sounding melody, acoustic guitar, and young people singing. Overall, they are soothing enough for bedtime listening. The stylized artwork appears to be digitally enhanced, with large swatches of saturated color and plenty of elements from the rhymes, such as butterflies, blossoms, and children at play. Just as the melodies have a familiar feeling, so do the rhymes, which feature topics such as jump-rope games, naming facial features, and getting a little fright from a goblin. Each line of the text is written in Korean, followed by the transliteration in bold print, and then the English translation. A pronunciation guide is included, as are explanatory notes of interest that situate the rhymes within Korean culture. Early language-learning and culture-appreciation classes will be aided by this fun and colorful volume.—Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Consider this collection Kindermusik that teaches English or Korean as a second language. Like singing in a round, there is a lot going on--it is fun and exciting and very busy. Each part deserves attention. First, the book can stand alone as a bilingual book of 14 children's nursery rhymes. Chirpy, simple and bright, the traditional rhymes may puzzle a bit in translation. "Little one, little one, clap your hands / Little one, little one, raise your hands up / Little one, little one, see you later"; in the context of a jump-rope rhyme, it makes sense, but alone, it's a little mystifying. Second, the language translation is repeated three times: first in Hanguel script, then in Romanized, phonetic Korean and finally in English. The types of rhymes are universal: games to decide who will be the next person "out," rhymes to teach babies basic concepts and even a version of "Duck Duck Goose." Finally, the music CD allows readers to listen to correct pronunciation, with each song (played by guitar and sung by young children) performed in Korean and then English. The illustrations are two-dimensional and cartoony, with round bodies and smiling eyes. Both unusual and useful, for this ever-shrinking world. (pronunciation guide, guide to the CD) (Nursery rhymes/bilingual. 1-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804842273
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition, Hardcover with Jacket and Disc
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
518,997
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Danielle Wright has taught English to children in Japan and currently runs an at-home writing, public relations and editing business. She lives in New Zealand with her husband and two children. She is the author of Japanese Nursery Rhymes: Carp Streamers, Falling Rain and Other Traditional Favorites and the award-winning multilingual book My Village: Rhymes from Around the World.

Helen Acraman is a New Zealand artist living in Toronto, Canada. Her whimsical graphic works reflect a passion for environmental issues, natural living, and the childlike quality that lives in everyone. She is the illustrator of Japanese Nursery Rhymes: Carp Streamers, Falling Rain and Other Traditional Favorites.

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