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.