Park Beat: Rhymin' through the Seasons

Park Beat: Rhymin' through the Seasons

by Jonathan London, Woodleigh Marx Hubbard, Woodleigh Marx Hubbard
     
 

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Pumpkins grinnin'
Snowballs flyin'
Birds chirpin'
Hot dogs roastin'

You'll see all these things and many more yearround in this hip-hoppin' park community. A walk through here is a rappin', tappin', finger-snappin' celebration of the seasons. With jumping, lively language from Jonathan London and refreshingly vibrant illustrations from Woodleigh Marx

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Pumpkins grinnin'
Snowballs flyin'
Birds chirpin'
Hot dogs roastin'

You'll see all these things and many more yearround in this hip-hoppin' park community. A walk through here is a rappin', tappin', finger-snappin' celebration of the seasons. With jumping, lively language from Jonathan London and refreshingly vibrant illustrations from Woodleigh Marx Hubbard, Park Beat's energy is sure to pull all readers into its groovy beat.

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Children's Literature
Young readers will find themselves tapping their toes and snapping their fingers as they read the sing-song rhymes included in this delightful picture book. Accompanied by vibrant folk-art illustrations, the lively rhythms introduce children to the sights and sounds of a park community during the four seasons of the year. In the fall, pumpkins are grinning and spiders are spinning, pies are baking and Papa's raking; in the winter, scarves are blowing and candles are glowing, sleigh bells are jingling and fingers are tingling; in the spring, birds are chirping and frogs are burping, gardeners are puttering and butterflies are fluttering; and in the summer, ducks are cruising and turtles are snoozing, hot dogs are roasting and skaters are coasting. The author and illustrator perfectly capture the essence of each season and present unforgettable images of the entire calendar year. This colorful romp will make a wonderful read-aloud for story time. 2001, HarperCollins, $15.95 and $15.89. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Debra Briatico
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In short noun-verb phrases, London takes children, "Rappin' and tappin' and finger-snappin'/On a walk through" the year. This park is full of life throughout the seasons, busy with the activities of people, animals, and nature. Hubbard's vibrant paintings enrich the text, paralleling the symmetry in the words in her artwork. Seasons are introduced with general observations-"Breath steamin' and icicles gleamin',/Scarves blowin' and candles glowin'"-and gradually get more specific-"Papa's plowin' and dog's bowwwowin',/Snow's fallin' and Mama's callin.'" Correspondingly, each opening seasonal illustration depicts a wide-angle view of the park, with the following three double-page spreads zooming in for a closer look. Careful observers can discover how certain constants, like the raised garden beds, change according to the season. Hubbard's images have a flat, naive quality and are often whimsical, with pies flying in the wind amid autumn leaves ("Pies bakin' and Papa's rakin'"). The artist skillfully uses unusual perspectives to sustain interest, as in the aerial view of a baseball game. Sticklers of grammar who hate to see the last "g" lost from our speakin' patterns will cringe, but others will find this journey through the year perfect for readin' aloud.-Robin L. Gibson, Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
London and Hubbard (Hip Cat, 1993) team up again, this time for a dubious celebration of a park through the seasons. London seems to be aiming at "swingin'" with his pairings of participles that go nowhere, all missing the terminal "g"—"Dogs yappin' and geese flappin', / Fish jumpin' and apples thumpin', / squirrels blatherin' and nut-gatherin' �"—but achieves only a rigid clingin' to an organizing rhythmic principle that quickly grows old. There is undeniable energy to the piece, but the text, presumably a child's first-person, delighted observations of the changing seasons, does not rise above doggerel. The bright, cheery illustrations are stronger than the text, as a multicultural cast of characters frolic through the year. The perspective is flat, Grandma Moses�like, offering lots of detail for children to pore over (though some may be taken aback by the horse swimming in the pond in spring). Hubbard chooses not to illustrate one single narrator, instead zooming in on different children at the cap of each seasonal segment, a device that, while inclusive, is somewhat unsettling. There are many better books that take readers on seasonal adventures; this one, alas, is not much more than cloyin' and annoyin'. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688139957
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.54(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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