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Gobble It Up! A Fun Song About Eating! Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 250L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; Rei/Com edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439903629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439903622
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–3—Arnosky takes his nature storytelling one step further, adding music to the mix. This book takes a direct look at different animals and what they eat. It works well as a picture book, telling readers that if they were wild raccoons, or crocodiles, or great white sharks, they would "gobble up" crawdads, or ducklings, or fishes. The catchy song sung by the author on the accompanying CD adds the element of fun that's advertised. In recognizable, true-to-life acrylic illustrations that fill the spreads, the raccoon ambles into the forest, and a large crocodile opens its huge jaws to swallow up hapless little ducklings. The message, of course, is that this is what we must all do to survive. "We eat the food we have, and then—we have to hunt for food again!" With or without the music, this book will be sure to join Arnosky's others as favorites with youngsters eager to read about animals and with the storytime crowd as well.—Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY
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From Booklist

Survival in the wild-animal kingdom includes hunting, and this simple rhyming picture book shows the thrilling role of predators in the natural cycle. Young preschoolers will enjoy the standoff between animals pictured in the big, clear acrylic-on-watercolor paintings, whether it is the wild raccoon catching crawdads in the moonlight or the crocodile, with his open mouth and sharp teeth about to close on the cute little yellow ducklings (some do escape). Kids will join in the simple refrain: “Yes, you would. / You’d gobble them up and they’d taste good.” There are connections with playground situations: “If a great whale you could be . . . You’d pick a fight with the biggest kid.” And then there is the exception—the huge vegetarian panda that feeds all day on rare bamboo. With a CD included, this is sure to be a winner for its action and facts about the everyday hunt for survival. Pair this with  How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. Preschool. --Hazel Rochman

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ever since my almost 4 year-old and I got hooked on picture books with accompanying audio CDs [especially the excellent series of books with music and narration by John Lithgow], we've been looking out for similar books by other authors.

Jim Arnosky's "Gobble It Up! A Fun Song about Eating!" is a colorful picture book with an accompanying audio CD that has Jim singing to the text on his guitar. The lyrics and tune are catchy and easy to follow. After a couple of repeated play, both of us were singing and humming along. It's not one of those loud songs but rather soothing music [in fact we listened to it right before bedtime].

Besides being a picture book of animals eating food in their habitat [example shark eating little fishes in the ocean, panda chewing bamboo shoots in the wild], it also teaches young ones about the necessity to consume food to live, and that it's not just people who need to do this, but all living creatures. All in all, a fun and educational picture book that will delight preschoolers and up.
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Format: Hardcover
All the creatures of the earth need to eat, even the tiniest of them you can't even see, to the big ones like the great whale. Crunch, crunch, munch, munch and gobble, gobble, gobble . . . yes, come to think of it, even turkeys have to eat! Some kids like to eat and some kids are picky eaters, but no matter what kind you are you're going to love to read and listen to Jim Arnosky sing about how some of the creatures of the world eat their food.

"If a great whale you could be, you'd dive to the bottom of the deep blue sea.
You'd pick a fight with the biggest kid . . .
And gobble you up a giant squid!
Yes, you would. Yes, you would.
You'd eat that squid up if you could.
Yes, you would. Yes you would.
You'd gobble it up and it'd taste good!"

The CD with the book perfectly compliments the text. It is a simple, folksy rendition of the text with Arnosky strumming on his guitar and singing. Many young children love to sing along as they learn to read and the addition of CDs to books makes that a welcome addition. The critters, `n creatures illustrations, poetry and music are great fun. Get ready to tap your toes with the wild raccoon, the crocodile, the great white shark, the great whale and the panda bear!
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Love this book! The song is so fun and my kids still love this even after 2 years of reading it. :)
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