Tweedle Dee Dee

Tweedle Dee Dee

by Charlotte Voake
     
 

The award-winning creator of HELLO TWINS offers a joyous celebration of nature as it springs to life.

Come into the woods, where the green leaves grow around and around and where, high in the branches, a nest is full of cheeping birds. With radiant, expressive artwork, Charlotte Voake captures the essence of a forest as it comes alive in the spring,

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The award-winning creator of HELLO TWINS offers a joyous celebration of nature as it springs to life.

Come into the woods, where the green leaves grow around and around and where, high in the branches, a nest is full of cheeping birds. With radiant, expressive artwork, Charlotte Voake captures the essence of a forest as it comes alive in the spring, illustrating a simple text based on the traditional song "The Green Grass Grew All Around." Includes a musical score to inspire musicians of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Pages washed with pale green and covered with squiggly line drawings and watercolors instantly identify this book, an interpretation of the traditional English folk song "The Green Leaves Grew Around," as the work of veteran illustrator Voake (Hello Twins). The minimal textinvites a read-aloud—and even before arriving at the musical score on the final spread, readers are likely to find themselves singing. The language is circular: the chorus "and the green leaves grew around, around, around, and the green leaves grew around" returns on every other page, until the pattern is interrupted by a triumphant "Tweedle-Dee-Dee!" from a just-hatched bird. The rhythm echoes the visual one of the pages—in subdued hues of green, brown, gold and peach—that is suddenly disrupted by a colorful blast of three turquoise robin's eggs. Adding interest to the enormous tree and its many leaves that dominate the art, a girl and boy enjoy a picnic, then play with forest creatures. Their presence and activity offer a secondary plot that should help retain the audience's interest. Ages 3-5. (May)

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Children's Literature - Denise Daley
"Once in a wood there was a tree, the finest tree you ever did see…" and so begins this beloved children's song that is beautifully illustrated by Charlotte Voake. Charlotte Voake is a renowned illustrator and author who has received many notable recognitions in her career. For this book she created nostalgic-looking illustrations to accompany the traditional folk song "The Green Leaves Grew Around." On each page there is a verse from the song and a full-sized drawing that is executed in watercolor and ink. Young readers will appreciate the large print and easy vocabulary in this book. They will also enjoy the artistic illustrations that that are warm and cheerful. This book is sure to become as well loved as the classic song on which it is based. The song's lyrics and music can be found at the end of the book. Reviewer: Denise Daley
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- Voake reveals the dainty signs of spring in watercolor and ink illustrations that accompany the traditional folk song, "The Green Grass Grew All Around." Alert squirrels watch a straw-hatted girl with a younger boy and a black cat as they stroll around and picnic under "the finest tree you ever did see." While this crew interacts, a spotty-breasted mother bird hatches, then feeds her offspring. The song's music and lyrics fill the end pages. Voake's light touch and array of green shades convey the very breezes of the day, where just stretching one's arms to mimic tree branches brings on a smile. Prepare, also, to be enchanted by three blue eggs with white dots that become a trio of singers who wrap up the tale with a final "Tweedle-Dee-Dee!" The large spreads will ensure successful storytime sharing, even if you're not a singer.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

Kirkus Reviews
With quick, sketchy strokes of pen and brush, Voake creates a massive tree with birds and squirrels in the branches and two children setting up a picnic below as a setting for her lightly reworked version of the cumulative folksong most commonly called "The Green Grass Grew All Around." To a refrain that goes "The green leaves grew around, around, around..." she focuses attention on a particular branch, a certain nest, three blue eggs and at last a nestful of warbling (see title) hatchlings. Parts of the simple musical arrangement printed on the rear endpapers are covered by the flap, but the tune will be easy enough to pick up; share this simple, joyous celebration of Spring, of leaves and of new life in general with younger children, and they'll be singing along in no time. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763637972
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
05/13/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Charlotte Voake is the author-illustrator of HELLO TWINS, a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Book, as well as GINGER, GINGER FINDS A HOME, and PIZZA KITTENS. She lives in Surrey, England.

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