Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Animal Boogie

Can I tell you how this book changed my life?

My three-year-old daughter loves The Animal Boogie from beginning to end. I love it too because she will shimmy, shake, swing, and sing along to the CD while turning the pages and I can make dinner without being interrupted!  There's almost no other activity that will keep her occupied by herself for that long, and I feel lucky to have discovered it.

The illustrations are so full of color and detail, and I adore the diversity of the children in the pictures - including one little girl in a wheelchair. I also love that the animals are both boys and girls; I've noticed lately that almost all animals in other books are male unless they are mommies.

So far we have only read this at home with my daughter alone, but I think this book and the CD would work wonderfully for a group of children with different kids playing the part of different animals in the book. Loud, but wonderful!  Watch a video version of the book with the song to see what I mean.

The Animal Boogie was awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award in 2001, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award in 2003, and was a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book in 2001. 

We have the paperback version with the CD, which is $9.99.  There is also a hardcover version with CD available for $16.99, or you can purchase the paperback version without the CD for $6.99 (though I don't know why you wouldn't want the CD - see above about the life changing and everything...).

There is also a Spanish version, Cha-cha-cha en la selva.

For even more fun, try the Animal Boogie Mini Cube Puzzle - 36 pieces in a sturdy box for $12.99 - or the Animal Boogie Fun Activities paperback - puzzles, games, coloring pages, and sticker activities for $5.99.

Boogie, woogie, oogie!

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