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Jim Copp, Will You Tell Me a Story?: Three Uncommonly Clever Tales [Book and Musical CD] Hardcover – September 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152063315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152063313
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–4—This collection contains three short stories that were originally recordings by Copp, who died in 1999. The humorous tales, some rhyming, have definite kid appeal. In the first, feisty Kate Higgins refuses to take her medicine and suffers the consequences in the morning. Anyone who has had a mean teacher will appreciate "Miss Goggins and the Gorilla," in which a fourth-grade class is saved from a cruel teacher by a visitor in a gorilla suit. In the last story, forgetful Martha Matilda O'Toole has to keep returning home to get school supplies she's left behind-until her teacher reminds her that it is Sunday. A note at the end explains how Copp used a painstaking overdubbing technique to produce all of the voices and sound effects in his recordings. DuPont's pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are a perfect match for the quirky stories. In addition, the use of different fonts helps to read the selections with expression, though the illustrations are too small to be used with a large group. Copp's narration on the accompanying CD are a refreshing contrast to the commercialized sound of much of today's children's music. Give this to fans of Shel Silverstein's poems and anticipate requests for more of Copp's recordings (which are still available).—Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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From Booklist

Jim Copp made several popular children’s records in the 1950s and 1960s. This book features three of his story songs, along with a CD of the original recordings. The nonsensical songs describe a naughty child, a tyrannical teacher, and a girl who forgets to put on her dress. In book form, these stories are best described with the contradictory phrase “conventional nonsense,” and they are not quite clever or goofy enough to be particularly memorable. DuPont, however, pumps some life into the old chestnuts with her cheerful, childlike illustrations, while the added CD greatly enhances the whole package. In his recordings, Copp used early over-dubbing techniques to create some off-kilter effects that add a needed layer of weirdness to his silly songs. For example, the harshly feminine voice he creates for the insane teacher could have come straight from a Monty Python skit. Compared with the slickness of today’s entertainers for kids, Copp’s efforts seem rather homemade, but this only adds to the appeal of his songs. Grades K-2. --Todd Morning

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Leyhe on September 8, 2008
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The recordings of Jim Copp & Ed Brown originally released on Playhouse Records (PlayhouseRecords.com) really belong on the short shelf of American children's classics. The illustrations here by Lindsay duPont have been lovingly updated in this very classy book/CD package. I can't recommend this highly enough. I loved these "tales" when I was a child and I love them now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann Marie Donohoe on September 6, 2008
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Daniel Pinkwater shared parts of the CD on National Public Radio today. It is wonderful. My daughter is student teaching 2nd grade this semester and I am ordering it online today for her collection of elementary level books. I highly recommend it. The teacher is horrible and everyone can relate to one like that. Well done. Parents and children alike will enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Johnson on November 5, 2008
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Our children (6 and 8) LOVE listening to this in the car... then they come home and read the book! Not squeaky-clean or cloying but lots of fun and a breath of fresh air.
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By Valerie Little on July 11, 2011
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I have loved Copp's Martha Mathilda O'Toole for years, but I couldn't find an affordable copy of it. (someone wanted a bunch of money for one I saw.) This book has 3 of his stories and music. It is a nice book.
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