And the pigeons coo
And the big dogs bark
And the noises echo
through the park.
Laura Godwin and Barry Root use lyrical verse and lush illustrations to take readers on a stroll through New York City's Central Park. The picturesque sights, the rhythmic sounds-all of the park's eclectic culture is captured beautifully.
Central Park Serenade is a tribute to one of the most famous parks in the world as well as a celebration of the Joy any special place can offer.
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Laura Godwin, author of Forest, has written several I Can Read Books under the pen name Nola Buck, including the popular Creepy Crawly Critters and Other Halloween Tongue Twisters and Santas Short Suit Shrunk and Other Christmas Tongue Twisters, both illustrated by Sue Truesdell. Ms. Godwin lives in New York City.
Barry Root has illustrated eighteen books for children, including Someplace Else, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens Book. He lives in Lancaster County, PA, with his wife, two children, and two dogs.
Central Park hums with activity in this convivial paean to a beloved refuge in the heart of Manhattan. In breezy rhymed couplets, Godwin (The Doll People) conveys the park's sounds and sights on a summer day ("Striike one! Striike two! An umpire's call. Craaack! Whoosh! Retorts the ball"). Verses that describe people's varied doings alternate with the refrain, "And the pigeons coo And the big dogs bark And the noises echo through the park." Root's (Cowboy Dreams) vibrantly hued, intentionally hazy paintings chronicle the goings-on described in the text and then some. The spread for the title page offers readers a peek into the window of an apartment building, where a boy sleeps, a model sailboat hanging on the wall above his bed. On subsequent spreads, the boy (sailboat in hand) and his father leave their building and walk to the park, where they meet up with two young pals and sail their toy boats in the pond. The wordless subplot invites youngsters to follow its principal players while taking in the more encompassing portrait of the bustling park. Offering a melodic read-aloud, this aptly titled, buoyant book should please young city- and country-dwellers alike. Ages 3-5.
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