Saturday, August 27, 2011

Picture Book Saturday

Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander and illustrator Tim Bowers

Acoustic Rooster loves to play his bass guitar and wants to find just the right band to showcase his skills in the barnyard talent show. As he tries to put together the best band in the yard, he meets up with famous music greats such as the pianist "Duck Ellington," singer "Ella Finchgerald," and "Mules Davis" on the trumpet. 

If you have a music-loving child in your home, Acoustic Rooster would be a great read aloud and an excellent introduction to the jazz genre. There's a fabulous section in the back that gives a bit of information on the great jazz musicians, musical vocabulary, and famous jazz songs, all referenced throughout the story. 

*As a quick side note, if you live in the Northern VA area, author Kwame Alexander will be at the Alexandria Story Festival on September 17th!*

Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band
Kwame Alexander
32 pages
Picture Book
Sleeping Bear Press
9781585366880
September 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

Butterfly Tree by Sandra Markle and illustrator Leslie Wu

While a young girl is playing on the beach, she spots a strange orange cloud heading her way. After running, quite frightened, back home to find her mother, the girl heads into the woods where she saw the cloud go, trying to guess what the cloud could have been. Once they reach the right place in the woods, she and her mother discover that the cloud wasn't really a cloud at all, but thousands of Monarch butterflies!

A nice story with an educational twist, the bit of mystery surrounding what the weird cloud could possibly be will definitely draw kids into the story. Great for learning about the migratory habits of these beautiful butterflies, complete with a brief explanation after the story. 

Butterfly Tree
Sandra Markle
32 pages
Picture Book
Peachtree Publisher
9781561455393
September 2011
Review copy provided by publisher

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