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Monday, January 24, 2011

Play Rhymes, by Marc Brown

No doubt you recognize the name Marc Brown if you are any kind of reader of children's books. Even if you do not recognize the author's name, surely you have heard of his most famous character - Arthur.

What I didn't know is that Brown also collected and illustrated a series of action rhymes for children as well. If you are a parent of an infant or toddler, these books will be of special interest to you as they are a great way to interact with your young reader and play with songs and rhymes. Brown writes of these books:

"I was reintroduced to hand rhymes through my son Tucker when he was in nursery school, and they stirred up memories of hand rhymes I had known when I was young. I thought that doing a book of hand rhymes would be a good way to introduce children to the feeling of poetry. Initially I collected about three hundred fifty rhymes. After whittling down the selection, I devised the accompanying hand movements."

Each book in this series involves a collection of rhymes and illustrated accompanying actions for you to do alongside your child/young reader.

The following three titles are available in this special series:

Play Rhymes
includes: John Brown's Baby, Do Your Ears Hang Low, The Crocodile, My Bicycle, Animals, Wheels on the Bus and others.

In the acknowledgment section of Finger Rhymes, Brown writes:

"I am indebted to the Flint Public Library, in Flint, Michigan, for sharing its extensive collection of finger rhymes, from which my son Tucker and I selected our favorites."

He sounds like a faithful and loyal library user!

Rhymes include: There Was a Little Turtle, Where Is Thumbkin?, The Baby Mice, Clap Your Hands, Ten Little Candles, The Eensy, Weensy Spider and others.

Hand Rhymes include: My Book, Two Little Monkeys, Here is the Beehive, Little Bunny, Quack! Quack! Quack!, The Caterpillar, The Church and others.

ALL of the above books include Marc Brown's recognizable illustrations and are a joy to look through. Both of my little bookworms got a kick out of these books and we were glad to have found them hiding amidst the Arthur books.

If you get a chance - check them out! They are sure to entertain.

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