Sing-Along Song

Sing-Along Song

by LeUyen Pham
     
 

No toddler will be able to resist joining in with this toe-tapping, finger-snapping, sing-it-out-loud story! From a robin chirping in the morning, to a lazy dog snoozing on the kitchen floor, to the sound of Daddy's home-at-last footsteps in the evening, the whole day rings with its own kind of music. Lively illustrations of a loving family punctuate a rollicking

Overview

No toddler will be able to resist joining in with this toe-tapping, finger-snapping, sing-it-out-loud story! From a robin chirping in the morning, to a lazy dog snoozing on the kitchen floor, to the sound of Daddy's home-at-last footsteps in the evening, the whole day rings with its own kind of music. Lively illustrations of a loving family punctuate a rollicking text where the everyday sounds in a young child's world inspire the sweetest melodies.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-From early morning, when he awakens to the chirping of a robin, to evening, when he finally stills his own voice to listen to the moon's soft good night, an exuberant African-American boy joins in the song of the animals and people in his world. "I burst out singin'! I just gotta sing along," he cries each time he hears a bee's "honey-buzzin' song," a squirrel's "chitter-chat song," or his cat's "yowl-meowlin' song." The rhyming language reads like a chant, and the different ditties the little boy sings are presented in large, dark print, inviting readers to chime in. Such melodies as, "Whuffle-snuff, woofle-whiff!/Giggle, sniggle, snort, sniff!" will surely tickle funny bones. Pham's double-page, watercolor-and-ink paintings on textured, sepia-colored backgrounds offer wonderful close-ups of the child interacting with various songsters. Those showing him nose to tongue with his dog or with his finger in his baby sister's fist as he sings her an "I love you" lullaby are particularly charming. The rhythm, repetition, and tongue-twisting silliness of the text and the large, inviting pictures will entice even the youngest listeners to join this chorus.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This bubbly tribute to the joys of music is narrated by an African-American boy who lives in an old Victorian house with his parents and baby sister. The likable narrator is only three or four years old, but he is definitely a musically oriented child, finding rhythm and musical influences throughout his day from sun-up to bedtime. He describes the sounds of his neighborhood (a robin, bees, a squirrel, his dog, his cat) as well as the cooing of his little sister and actual songs from his parents, followed by the refrain of "I burst out singin'! I just gotta sing along." The bouncy, rhyming text invites a creative read-aloud interpretation with lots of sound effects on the animal sounds, which are emphasized with a creative type treatment. Pham's illustrations bring the cheerful little boy to life, a happy child marching to his own drummer wherever he goes. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670058907
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/11/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 9.92(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
1 - 5 Years

Read an Excerpt

Robin greets the morning from the sycamore tree,
Chirpin' to the risin' sun, her babies, and me.
When I hear that robin sing her cheery-up song,
I burst out singin'! I just gotta sing along!

Meet the Author

This is JoAnn Early Macken's first book for Viking. She lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin, with her family. LeUyen Pham has illustrated several picture books for young readers, including One Little Mouse.

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