Park Beat: Rhymin' Through the Seasons

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Pumpkins grinnin'
Snowballs flyin'
Birds chirpin'
Hot dogs roastin'

You'll see all these things and many more yearround in this hip-hoppin' park community. A walk through here is a rappin', tappin', finger-snappin' celebration of the seasons. With jumping, lively language from Jonathan London and refreshingly vibrant illustrations from Woodleigh Marx Hubbard, Park Beat's energy is sure to pull all readers into its groovy beat.

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Jonathan London, who lives in Graton, California, prefers sandals to shoes, but he knows that nothing beats socks for dancing. When he's ready to put the extra slip in his slide, he kicks off his flip-flops and puts on some tube socks. When Jonathon isn't a sensation on the dance floor, he is a rage on the page with over forty books for children to his credit, including Froggy Gets Dressed, Hip Cat, Like Butter on Pancakes, and Puddles. He lives with his wife and two sons.

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PreSchool-Grade 3-In short noun-verb phrases, London takes children, "Rappin' and tappin' and finger-snappin'/On a walk through" the year. This park is full of life throughout the seasons, busy with the activities of people, animals, and nature. Hubbard's vibrant paintings enrich the text, paralleling the symmetry in the words in her artwork. Seasons are introduced with general observations-"Breath steamin' and icicles gleamin',/Scarves blowin' and candles glowin'"-and gradually get more specific-"Papa's plowin' and dog's bowwwowin',/Snow's fallin' and Mama's callin.'" Correspondingly, each opening seasonal illustration depicts a wide-angle view of the park, with the following three double-page spreads zooming in for a closer look. Careful observers can discover how certain constants, like the raised garden beds, change according to the season. Hubbard's images have a flat, naive quality and are often whimsical, with pies flying in the wind amid autumn leaves ("Pies bakin' and Papa's rakin'"). The artist skillfully uses unusual perspectives to sustain interest, as in the aerial view of a baseball game. Sticklers of grammar who hate to see the last "g" lost from our speakin' patterns will cringe, but others will find this journey through the year perfect for readin' aloud.
Robin L. Gibson, Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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