Kylie's Song

Kylie's Song

by Patty Sheehan, Itoko Maeno

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- Kylie the koala is different: she sings, and is teased for it. Kylie's self-expression is thwarted until she leaves home and happily discovers other animals expressing themselves in music and dance. Improving her technique, Kylie returns home, thrilling her neighbors with her song. This long story is unabashed bibliotherapy. Questions for parents and teachers conclude the book, testing children's understanding of stereotyping. In addition to stressing that one should develop individual talents, Sheehan includes a further lesson--that of working hard to become the best that one can be. It is Kylie's voice training that apparently makes her acceptable to the community once again. One can only suppose that her melody is lovely, because the lyrics are dull. The best part of the book is the watercolor rendering of the koalas. There is energy in the animals and birds as they sing, fly, and dance. Unfortunately, Maeno overloads many illustrations with Australian flora and fauna, resulting in decorative, cluttered pages. Better choices for ``I gotta be me'' books are Kraus' Owliver (Prentice Hall, 1987) and Pinkwater's The Big Orange Splot (Hastings, 1977). --Jane Saliers, Atlanta Public Library

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Advocacy Press
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Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 12.33(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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