The Aunts Go Marching

The Aunts Go Marching

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by Maurie J. Manning

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
You will not find those pesky picnic poachers in this rollicking parody of the familiar folk song. Rather an army of aunts in raincoats with black umbrellas gripped firmly and sturdy galoshes on their feet fall in line behind one little girl steadfastly beating her drum. As the rain falls relentlessly, their number grows and they march to town, periodically stopping as the little one fixes her shoe, gazes in a shop window, receives a flower, and picks up her sticks. A thunderous BOOM sends the orderly army scurrying back to the comfort and safety of their neat brick row houses. This delightful romp with its onomatopoeic refrain will have children and their caregivers wanting to get up and march around the room. The double-page illustrations with the dark hues of a stormy day and the portly aunts (their high-stepping chorus line will elicit chuckles) are filled with details to observe. The popular cumulative song has been given a facelift with deft touches of whimsy and a bit of jolly old England. 2003, Boyd Mills Press,
— Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-What child hasn't chanted some version of "The Ants Go Marching," always enjoying the delightful repetition of each numbered verse? Well, this time there are no shiny, black insects anywhere in sight-just a band of high-steppin' ladies who parade down the streets to town to the beat of a little girl's drum, as rain sprinkles, pelts, and finally pours down on their raincoats and black umbrellas. The rhyming verses from 1 to 10 are interspersed with a rhythmic rat-a-tat line that lends itself to an increase in volume and intensity until the final "boom" sends the women fleeing to get out of the thundering storm. Once safe inside, the undaunted child typically cries, "Let's do it again!" Youngsters will thoroughly enjoy the chance to practice their numbers and to learn this classic childhood song, repeating the in-between chorus line and filling in the end-of-line rhymes. While most of the rhymes work well, occasionally they are somewhat strained, for example "seven/heavens," and a typographical error in verse eight leaves out the word "one" so that the rhythm is disturbed. Still, Manning's clever, full-color spreads are sure to provoke giggles among young listeners, particularly when the rain intensifies and the ever-growing band of racially diverse women has to cope with the rising puddles. The story will surely inspire children to create their own verses and to get up and march about as they sing them.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Manning debuts with a good-humored twist on the traditional counting song. A child and her aunt on a rainy-day trip into town are joined along the way by a growing phalanx of aunts brandishing umbrellas and shopping bags. As the child taps out the rhythm on a snare drum, the aunts--each depicted as a distinct individual and, at least in the outside rows, countable--march purposefully down the street and into shops, then, as thunder rumbles, quick-step back to their row houses beneath a forest of black umbrellas (looking somewhat like those other ants). It�s impossible to read this without singing, and children who hear it will join in enthusiastically. An irresistible story time companion for Jama Kim Rattigan�s Truman�s Aunt Farm (1994). (Picture book. 5-8)

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Boyds Mills Press
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Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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The Aunts Go Marching 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A small pun ¿ a humorous play on the words ¿ant¿ and ¿aunt¿ ¿ becomes a fun, counting, sing-along story when applied to the familiar ¿The Ants Go Marching¿ song. The book begins with an adorable little girl dressed in a bright yellow slicker and matching hat with a matching drum. Poised at the top of a stoop with her an elderly aunt and her puppy, the cheerful girl begins to play her drum as it starts raining. The three ¿go marching one by one¿ down the neighborhood. Other ¿aunts¿ continue to join in as the group switches to ¿marching two by two,¿ then ¿three by three¿ and so on until they reach the end with ¿ten by ten.¿ By then, they have become an army of merry ¿aunts¿ with umbrellas in pouring rain. Only slight changes are made in the familiar and repetitive verse of the original song so the book is ideal for preschoolers. Combined with Manning¿s engaging illustrations, this is an irresistible picture book. The only glitch is a minor one, easily overlooked: The little girl performs all of the activities attributed in the text to an ¿aunt.¿ Highly recommended for ages 3 to 8.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I brought this book into my son's first grade class. The children loved singing along to the story and especially the 'boom' of the thunder. It was such a hit that they wanted to read it again!