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Sing along song
Macken, JoAnn Early, 1953-
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New York : Viking, 2004.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
A child sings along with the songs made by everyday sounds, from the chirping of a robin in the morning to the cooing of baby sister as she falls asleep in the evening.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 102340.
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No toddler will be able to resist joining in with this toe-tapping, finger-snapping, sing-it-out-loud story! From a robin chirping in the morning, to a lazy dog snoozing on the kitchen floor, to the sound of Daddy's home-at-last footsteps in the evening, the whole day rings with its own kind of music. Lively illustrations of a loving family punctuate a rollicking text where the everyday sounds in a young child's world inspire the sweetest melodies.

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Booklist Review

PreS. Maybe you can't base a whole book on good cheer, but this makes a run at it. The narrator, an exuberant African American child, loves to greet the day, attuned to the ways the animals are doing the same. In a rhyming text that begins with the phrase Cheery day! Mornin' Sun! / C'mon, wake up, everyone! the child communes with robins, bees, a bushy-tailed squirrel, his pet sheepdog, his cat, and his family as the day passes, and he sings along with their sounds and chatter, repeating the phrase, I burst out singin'! / I just gotta sing along. Repetitive it does get, but the text's edges are smoothed by the lively pictures, executed in a soft palette that is marked by shades of rust, cocoa, and tan. Everyone's happy here: family, pets--even the squirrel. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-From early morning, when he awakens to the chirping of a robin, to evening, when he finally stills his own voice to listen to the moon's soft good night, an exuberant African-American boy joins in the song of the animals and people in his world. "I burst out singin'! I just gotta sing along," he cries each time he hears a bee's "honey-buzzin' song," a squirrel's "chitter-chat song," or his cat's "yowl-meowlin' song." The rhyming language reads like a chant, and the different ditties the little boy sings are presented in large, dark print, inviting readers to chime in. Such melodies as, "Whuffle-snuff, woofle-whiff!/Giggle, sniggle, snort, sniff!" will surely tickle funny bones. Pham's double-page, watercolor-and-ink paintings on textured, sepia-colored backgrounds offer wonderful close-ups of the child interacting with various songsters. Those showing him nose to tongue with his dog or with his finger in his baby sister's fist as he sings her an "I love you" lullaby are particularly charming. The rhythm, repetition, and tongue-twisting silliness of the text and the large, inviting pictures will entice even the youngest listeners to join this chorus.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Robin greets the morning from the sycamore tree, Chirpin' to the risin' sun, her babies, and me. When I hear that robin sing her cheery-up song, I burst out singin'! I just gotta sing along! Excerpted from Sing along Song by JoAnn Early Macken, LeUyen Pham All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.