Angie Lionetto-Civa (author)
Serena Geddes (illustrator)
New Frontier Publishing, Australia: 2011
Genres: picture book
A boy and his father are rowing (merrily) down the stream and see – and collect – any number of interesting creatures on their voyage.
Hiding behind flaps are, amongst other things, a chimpanzee swinging in a tree, a parrot eating a carrot, and a giraffe kissing her calf. Serena Geddes' charming cartoon-style illustrations echo the lively, cheerful rhythm of the adapted song. Although the 'hidden' rhymes are sometimes rather short or abrupt by comparison to the regular pace of the nursery rhyme, toddlers will love the humour of each revelation and enjoy guessing what might be coming next.
Using nursery rhymes and songs is an excellent way to immerse very young children in language and facilitate word recognition. The fact that youngsters can in fact sing the text helps them feel confident about 'reading' the words, while the strong visual clues will encourage them to guess the unknown parts of the story.
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