Knick Knack Paddy Whack (Fun First Steps) (Paperback with CD)

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9781846863042: Knick Knack Paddy Whack (Fun First Steps) (Paperback with CD)

A new take on a traditional song! This version features a parade of children from different cultures, each of them playing a different instrument. The simple counting theme and repetitive text will have readers singing along as this old man comes rolling home!

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Christiane Engel is originally from Germany, but currently works as an illustrator and children's book writer in London. This is her first project with Barefoot Books. Steve Songs has been performing songs for children and families for over five years. By blending participatory songs, clever stories and great melodies, he creates an interactive, educational and musical journey for his listeners. His music has won numerous awards, including a Parents' Choice Gold Award, a CMW Best Audio Award, a NAPPA Honour and an iParenting Media Award. He currently lives in Connecticut and this is his first recording with Barefoot Books.

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PreSchool-Grade 2—This bright, lively, new interpretation of the classic children's song incorporates numbers, musical-instrument families, and a multiethnic group of adorable children who march along with the "old man" of the song. The dark-skinned, white-haired, mustachioed gent has a bit of the Pied Piper in his drum, using it to turn this song into a parade that takes the group all the way to a lunch of pizza and ice cream. With colorful acrylic and collage illustrations and varying fonts, each spread is alive with activity. The children are introduced with their own numbers that float near them on a small piece of paper as they play a different instrument, with each family identified in the back of the book. Of course, the dog of the chorus—along with his bone—appears on each spread as well. From time to time, the traditional lyrics are altered to follow the story line: "This old man, he played eight,/he played Knick Knack as we ate," and these small changes add to the fun of joining story and song. Even libraries that have the versions by Paul Zelinsky (Dutton, 2002) and Marissa Moss (Houghton, 1992; o.p.) will want this newest entry. With its inventive use of numbers, music, and collage illustrations, it's a worthy addition.—Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY
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