LITTLE HANDS FINGERPLAYS AND ACTION SONGS by Emily Stetson

LITTLE HANDS FINGERPLAYS AND ACTION SONGS

Seasonal Rhymes and Creative Play for 2- to 6-Year-Olds
Age Range: 2 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

Young children won’t be able to resist jumping, clapping, and gesturing to the rhythms and rhymes of this collection. Adults will revisit favorites from childhood and learn some new material to add to their repertoire—perfect for long lines and car rides. Familiar topics related to the four seasons are presented through several fingerplays and action songs set to childhood tunes, along with a related activity or craft. Newcomers Stetson and Congdon have filled their text with delightful black-and-white cartoons of children, many of them illustrating the motions that are detailed for each selection. Especially good are the “Little Hands Story Corner” sections that list children’s books related to each of the subjects. The text starts off strong, with most of the poems and fingerplays combining rhythm, rhyme, and short lines, making them memorable and fun. However, the authors seem to have lost steam toward the end—the lines are longer and the rhythm not as noticeable. Also, while most of the crafts and activities are creative and age-appropriate, some could use more detailed directions. Overall, though, a good resource for new parents, as well as an introduction to rhyme and rhythm for children. (Nonfiction. 2-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 3rd, 2001
ISBN: 1-885593-53-8
Page count: 128pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2001




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