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I'm a Manatee: (Book and CD) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 1, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
More About the Author
My sixth (!) children's book, "Marsupial Sue Presents the Runaway Pancake," was just published this fall. This is a sequel to "Marsupial Sue," one of my most popular storybook characters.This story was inspired in part by two different things: The "Runaway Pancake" song is a guaranteed show stopper whenever I sing it in one of my Paloozicals Concert for Kids , and my performing on Broadway this year in "Dirty Rotton Scoundrels" made me think that Sue might like to put on a show of her own with all of her animal friends.
I credit my parents for fostering my love of literature and books. I have fond memories of my father reading chapters aloud from great thick books like "The Jungle Book" and "A Teller of Tales".
I have carried on my father's tradition by reading aloud to my own kids when they were little. I have also started a few traditions of my own, like singing to them and playing really mediocre guitar, building castles with them out of refrigerator boxes and treasure hunts across museums. Once I even created a very elaborate paper chase across the entire campus of UCLA for my daughter Phoebe's 16th Birthday. Some of these games were inspiration for all of the Lithgow Palooza books and books with kits that have been published by both Simon and Schuster and Running Press.
Although writing is an arduous process for me, there is nothing better than seeing a child falling in love with one of my stories.
Top Customer Reviews
We are planning a trip to Sea World so she can see Mantees and she is thrilled. Thank you John Lithgow for your excellent educational, extremely fun books. Keep them coming.
Fast forward 10+ years to John Lithgow's amazing poetic and musical love song to both the manatee and life itself and yes, here is a surefire way to share my admiration of manatees with my three year old son.
This beautifully illustrated, cleverly worded and musically accompanied book combines humor and education to give children a memorable excursion into the life (and challenges and delights) of being a manatee.
Take it one step further and inquire with your children.... " Do you ever dream of being a (fill in the blank of their favored animal.)?"
"What would that be like?"
Lithgow stretches the imagination of each reader and participant in this tremendous book - and you can expand it even wider. This is one I will never tire of reading... no make that experiencing. It would be a treasure on every child's bookshelf.
I find Lithgow's children's books to be building blocks for early literacy skills especially with the sing-alongs and read-aloud opportunities in the book and CD combo. I can't recommend them highly enough!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful book. I can't wait to give I to my nephew for Christmas!Published 1 month ago by Mandy Kay
I live in Manatee County Florida and I adore this book. I think it's a must for every child (or young at heart) here. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Beth Ann
I buy this book for every baby shower I am invited to, every child birth I am part of. I am obsessed with manatee's and John Lithgow really bring this book to life. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Megan Schey
I did not love this books. The words were too big for my granddaughter and I really didn't even get the story! I wanted a book that she could get an idea of what a manatee was. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nancy O.