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Title:
Bein' with you this way
Author:
Nikola-Lisa, W.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Pine Plains, N.Y. : Live Oak Media, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
2 volumes : color illustrations ; 23 x 27 cm + 2 audiocassettes (analog, stereophonic)
Summary:
A playground rap that introduces young readers to how people are different yet the same.
General Note:
Children's storybook in English and Spanish volumes, each with accompanying sound cassette.

Spanish version, Alegriá de ser tú y yo, translated by Yanitzia Canetti.

Books have imprint: New York : Lee & Low Books, c1994-96.

Issued in plastic bag, 35 x 26 cm.

Side 1 of each audiocassette includes page turn signals; side 2 of each is version without page turn signals.

English audiocassette has insert; Spanish does not.

Stereo sound.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 26753.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.9 1 Quiz: 01050 Guided reading level: K.
Added Title:
Alegriá de ser tú y yo.
ISBN:
9780874995480

9781880000267

9781880000366
Format :
Book

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For use in schools and libraries only. In a rap-style prose poem, a racially-mixed group of children, enjoying a sunny day at the playground, discovers the virtues of racial diversity and, at the same time, the basic identity of all human beings.


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Illustrated by Michael Bryant


Reviews 6

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. A vibrant African American girl leads a cumulative rap about racial tolerance in this joyfully illustrated story. "Big nose. / Little nose. / Straight hair. / Curly hair. / Different--Mm-mmm,20/ but the same, / Ah-ha!" The colorful paintings, showing an urban, multicultural playground that any child would be delighted to have in the neighborhood, are energetic and expressive; the original verse has a challenging and inviting beat. Although advocates of the Opies' school of subversive school-yard chants may find the optimism here too sunny, others will appreciate the positive outlook. ~--Julie Corsaro


Publisher's Weekly Review

In an urban park, a friendly African American girl urges her young playmates to snap their fingers, tap their toes and sing along with her. Syncopated with a rap-like rhythm, her cumulative song illuminates the various physical dissimilarities among the people in the park--and comes to an expected conclusion: ``Light skin. Dark skin. Long legs. Short legs. Thick arms. Thin arms. Brown eyes. Blue eyes. Big nose. Little nose. Straight hair. Curly hair. Different-- Mm-mmm , but the same, Ah-ha! Now isn't it delightful, simply out-of-sightful, bein' with you this way!'' Words give way to alliterative sounds on the concluding spreads (``Be-bop-a-doo-bop. Be-bop-boo . . .'') and the verse's tempo accelerates as the child and her friends dance in a line and play leapfrog. Even more than Nikola-Lisa's ( Night Is Coming ; Storm ) bouncy, well-intentioned text, Bryant's full-page, ginger-toned watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations give the book its buoyancy and warmth. Ages 2-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A sunny day, an urban park, and a multiethnic cast of characters form the setting for this ode to the beauty of diversity. A young African-American girl urges other children to snap their fingers, tap their toes, and sing along with her as she notices that- brown eyes or blue, big nose or small, straight hair or curly-everyone is different, yet the same. In spite of its positive, upbeat intent, the rhyme scheme is awkward, requiring a forced verbal interpretation to sound catchy. The mottled illustrations capture the mood of the sun-dappled, action-packed park, and the smiling children represent a veritable United Nations of humanity. More of a chant than a story, this title certainly has a commendable message and will be useful in filling requests for multicultural materials.-Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. A vibrant African American girl leads a cumulative rap about racial tolerance in this joyfully illustrated story. "Big nose. / Little nose. / Straight hair. / Curly hair. / Different--Mm-mmm,20/ but the same, / Ah-ha!" The colorful paintings, showing an urban, multicultural playground that any child would be delighted to have in the neighborhood, are energetic and expressive; the original verse has a challenging and inviting beat. Although advocates of the Opies' school of subversive school-yard chants may find the optimism here too sunny, others will appreciate the positive outlook. ~--Julie Corsaro


Publisher's Weekly Review

In an urban park, a friendly African American girl urges her young playmates to snap their fingers, tap their toes and sing along with her. Syncopated with a rap-like rhythm, her cumulative song illuminates the various physical dissimilarities among the people in the park--and comes to an expected conclusion: ``Light skin. Dark skin. Long legs. Short legs. Thick arms. Thin arms. Brown eyes. Blue eyes. Big nose. Little nose. Straight hair. Curly hair. Different-- Mm-mmm , but the same, Ah-ha! Now isn't it delightful, simply out-of-sightful, bein' with you this way!'' Words give way to alliterative sounds on the concluding spreads (``Be-bop-a-doo-bop. Be-bop-boo . . .'') and the verse's tempo accelerates as the child and her friends dance in a line and play leapfrog. Even more than Nikola-Lisa's ( Night Is Coming ; Storm ) bouncy, well-intentioned text, Bryant's full-page, ginger-toned watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations give the book its buoyancy and warmth. Ages 2-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A sunny day, an urban park, and a multiethnic cast of characters form the setting for this ode to the beauty of diversity. A young African-American girl urges other children to snap their fingers, tap their toes, and sing along with her as she notices that- brown eyes or blue, big nose or small, straight hair or curly-everyone is different, yet the same. In spite of its positive, upbeat intent, the rhyme scheme is awkward, requiring a forced verbal interpretation to sound catchy. The mottled illustrations capture the mood of the sun-dappled, action-packed park, and the smiling children represent a veritable United Nations of humanity. More of a chant than a story, this title certainly has a commendable message and will be useful in filling requests for multicultural materials.-Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.