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PreSchool-Grade 2—Old Man Gator begins this story in rhyme by tapping his toes "down in the swamp where the cypress grows." He is soon joined by Ibis, who flaps her wings at the water's edge. Moorhen calls to her chicks, and Wood Stork is "clackin' her bill/and puffin' her chest" as she leaves her nest. Added to these distinctive sounds are Dragonfly's whirring wings, Wild Boar's grunts, and Bullfrog's croaks. Black Bear sharpens his claws on a cypress tree, while Pygmy Rattler shakes his rattles. Red Fox warns Gator away from her kits with a "yip, yip, yippity-yip,/YIP, YIP, YIP." The sunny illustrations are done with colored ink lines and acrylic wash paint against mostly white backgrounds. Each animal musician wears just enough clothing to establish an attitude—like Woodpecker's black leather vest and chain necklace or Squirrel's cowboy hat and fringed vest. Children will be tapping their toes with Old Man Gator and creating their own cacophony of swamp sounds as they learn about the inhabitants of this habitat.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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My two year old nephew LOVES this book. My sister checked it out from our library over and over, and was thrilled to find it here. He has most of it memorized. Read morePublished 13 months ago by a. schrute
I think the book is a great way to learn about making music. Other people can learn from this book because, it's a good way to learn more about making music and learning how to say... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Moira Lacey
Swamp song has a delightful cast of realistic swamp characters and a great rhythm to the lyrics. I say lyrics because it reads much like a song. Read morePublished 21 months ago by M. Wood
What does the fox say? I have no idea. But with this book your child will discover what many swamp dwelling creatures say. Read morePublished 21 months ago by L. Perry
Swamp Song is recommended for ages 6 to 8, but my 3 1/2 year old daughter enjoys this book. Personally, I think it might be a bit too simple for 7 or 8 year old children. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Shopaholic
This is just a fun verse type book
It reads well, has repeated themes (which allow time to invite children to say what the words are), and the illustrations add well to the... Read more
This is a great book! My preschool class really enjoyed this book. The illustrations are very well done. They were bright and clear and quite eye catching. Read morePublished 22 months ago by kelfuller77