Swamp Song

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Down in the swamp where the cypress grows, Old Man Gator starts tappin? his toes . . . Pretty soon, all the swamp animals are movin? and swingin? to Gator?s beat. Sing along with the river otter, bullfrog, dragonfly, and many other swamp animals as their music swells into a natural chorus of croaking, whirring, and buzzing, all brought to life by Ponder Goembel?s colored ink and acrylic-wash paint illustrations. Yippity-yip!

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Down in the swamp where the cypress grows, Old Man Gator starts tappin’ his toes . . . Pretty soon, all the swamp animals are movin’ and swingin’ to Gator’s beat. Sing along with the river otter, bullfrog, dragonfly, and many other swamp animals as their music swells into a natural chorus of croaking, whirring, and buzzing, all brought to life by Ponder Goembel’s colored ink and acrylic-wash paint illustrations. Yippity-yip!

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School Library Journal
Old Man Gator begins this story in rhyme by tapping his toes "down in the swamp where the cypress grows." He is soon joined by Ibis, who flaps her wings at the water's edge. Moorhen calls to her chicks, and Wood Stork is "clackin' her bill/and puffin' her chest" as she leaves her nest. Added to these distinctive sounds are Dragonfly's whirring wings, Wild Boar's grunts, and Bullfrog's croaks. Black Bear sharpens his claws on a cypress tree, while Pygmy Rattler shakes his rattles. Red Fox warns Gator away from her kits with a "yip, yip, yippity-yip,/YIP, YIP, YIP." The sunny illustrations are done with colored ink lines and acrylic wash paint against mostly white backgrounds. Each animal musician wears just enough clothing to establish an attitude-like Woodpecker's black leather vest and chain necklace or Squirrel's cowboy hat and fringed vest. Children will be tapping their toes with Old Man Gator and creating their own cacophony of swamp sounds as they learn about the inhabitants of this habitat.
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Helen Ketterman does a wonderful job of creating awareness for her native Florida Keys habitat with its bayous and swamps. In this case, she uses strong beat and rhyme that practically sings itself to introduce the variety of creatures who live in a swamp. Each spread features key information about one creature and ends with a fun for your tongue kind of refrain: "Woodpecker knocks on a tall slash pine, searching for bugs, and looking to dine, with a pick, peck, pickity, peck, Pick, Peck, Peck." Ponder Goembel's illustrations are bright colored and the creatures are depicted with naturalistic details. However, I am ambivalent about the decision to dress many of them in human clothing as that anthropomorphizing detracts some from the way this book can be used to promote science and literacy in an early childhood classroom—the song makes it easy to retain the creature/habitat facts, and lots of phonemic awareness will be developed as children beg to revisit and join in the refrains. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Old Man Gator begins this story in rhyme by tapping his toes "down in the swamp where the cypress grows." He is soon joined by Ibis, who flaps her wings at the water's edge. Moorhen calls to her chicks, and Wood Stork is "clackin' her bill/and puffin' her chest" as she leaves her nest. Added to these distinctive sounds are Dragonfly's whirring wings, Wild Boar's grunts, and Bullfrog's croaks. Black Bear sharpens his claws on a cypress tree, while Pygmy Rattler shakes his rattles. Red Fox warns Gator away from her kits with a "yip, yip, yippity-yip,/YIP, YIP, YIP." The sunny illustrations are done with colored ink lines and acrylic wash paint against mostly white backgrounds. Each animal musician wears just enough clothing to establish an attitude—like Woodpecker's black leather vest and chain necklace or Squirrel's cowboy hat and fringed vest. Children will be tapping their toes with Old Man Gator and creating their own cacophony of swamp sounds as they learn about the inhabitants of this habitat.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
"Down in the swamp / where the cypress grows, / Old Man Gator" starts the rhythm "with a tip, tap, tippity-tap." Swamp flora in Goembel's acrylic wash and colored ink lines aptly frame center stage, where jazzily dressed fauna engage in combinations of sounds and moves. Each double-page spread introduces a new animal-aerial creatures such as the ibis and the wood stork, land animals such as the black bear and the pygmy rattler and water creatures such as the bullfrog and the river otter-making for a comfortable mix of the familiar and unfamiliar. Ketteman sets a you-can't-help-but-chant-it verse pattern that incorporates a different onomatopoeic sound for each animal, from the dragonfly's "whir, whirr, whirrity-whirr" to the fox squirrel's "chit, chee, chittety-chee." These set the stage for a musical jamboree in which all 13 animals complete this satisfying presentation, performing their signature moves and tones one at a time, handing off the final "TIP, TAP, TAP" to Old Man Gator. Oh, yeah. (Picture book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761455639
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Ketteman lives in Sanibel Island, Florida.

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