PreS-Gr 1-This resource is packed with fingerplays, crafts, songs, games, and snippets of information arranged by season. Topics for the first section, fall, include apples, leaves, squirrels, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. Winter suggests themes of mittens, snow, and a number of holidays including President's Day. The text consists mainly of fingerplays and action rhymes interspersed with boxes containing simple craft and recipe ideas; short, thematic book lists; "Check the Calendar" notations of special days (Winter Solstice, Groundhog Day, Earth Day, etc.); and happenings throughout the year. Some of the fingerplays are familiar ("Five Little Pumpkins," "The Wheels on the Bus"); others are original ("Dr. King, He Had a Dream" sung to the tune of "B-I-N-G-O"). Simple, black-and-white line drawings of children of various ethnic backgrounds are scattered throughout. The pages for autumn are bordered by leaves, winter with snowflakes, etc., to allow for ease of locating material. For seasonal programming, this title will be useful for educators and libraries serving young children.-DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Young children won't be able to resist jumping, clapping, and gesturing to the rhythms and rhymes of this collection. Adults will revisit favorites from childhood and learn some new material to add to their repertoire-perfect for long lines and car rides. Familiar topics related to the four seasons are presented through several fingerplays and action songs set to childhood tunes, along with a related activity or craft. Newcomers Stetson and Congdon have filled their text with delightful black-and-white cartoons of children, many of them illustrating the motions that are detailed for each selection. Especially good are the "Little Hands Story Corner" sections that list children's books related to each of the subjects. The text starts off strong, with most of the poems and fingerplays combining rhythm, rhyme, and short lines, making them memorable and fun. However, the authors seem to have lost steam toward the end-the lines are longer and the rhythm not as noticeable. Also, while most of the crafts and activities are creative and age-appropriate, some could use more detailed directions. Overall, though, a good resource for new parents, as well as an introduction to rhyme and rhythm for children. (Nonfiction. 2-6)