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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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Helen Ketteman lives in Sanibel Island, Florida.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761455639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761455639
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 9.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Old Man Gator smiled as he looked around the cypress grove as he looked and listened to all the sounds. He rubbed that scaly belly and tapped those scaly old toes. "Ibis stands / at the cattail hedge, / flappin her wings at the water's edge. / With a flip, flap, flippity-flap, / FLIP, FLAP, FLAP." Ah yes, there were lots of sounds. Can you see those wings go up and down? River otter looked around at those fish and Bullfrog went from pat to pad to see if he could catch those dragonflies. The sounds in the cypress grove were many and Old Man Gator could tap his old toes to that beat.

"Whirr, whirr, whirrity,-whirr," Dragonfly flapped those wings as his friends flew around him. Watch out, Bullfrog is just around the corner! The pine needles reached up to the sky and yet another sound was heard in the grove. "Woodpecker knocks / on a tall slash pine, / seachin' for bugs / and lookin' to dine. / With a pick peck, pickity-peek, PICK, PECK, PECK." The Pygmy Rattler slithers at the base of the slash pine, Black Bear checks out the cypress, and Wood Stork leaves her babies in the nest. Can you hear the sounds in the cypress grove too?

This is a marvelous, rhythmical story-in-rhyme that brings the sounds of the swamp to life. Old Man Gator and the other critters of the swamp gather together to make their sounds, sounds that are all joined together to make that distinct sound of the swamp. The artwork, rendered in ink and acrylic, bring the tale to life in a bright, colorful, slightly retro-like way. This is the type of tale that the expressive reader can bring to life, just like the critters in the swamp, during circle or storytime. "Bizzity-Buzz!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Sewing Honeybee on October 24, 2013
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Animals around the swamp are busy making various noises, which Old Man Gator is tapping his foot to. Among them, the bullfrog is going "Crick, croak, croak," and the fox squirrel is saying "chit, chee, chee."

Each animal is featured on a spread of two pages (until the very end), making an unique sound that is repeated in larger text. The illustrations have special, and sometimes humorous, details. For example, the foxes at the swamp are wearing rubber boots. The otter has on goggles and swim trunks.

_Swamp Song_ doesn't really have anything in the way of a plot, but not all little kids' books need to. What it does have is a rhythm to it. The beat is so well done that you can't help but fall into the rhythm when reading _Swamp Song_, and it begins to sound like a song. The words the animals are making are repeated at the end, showing how music and rhythm can be found in everyday things.

This is definitely a read aloud book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Xina143 VINE VOICE on October 25, 2013
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I wish the illustrations were a bit more engaging.

My husband and I like to read books like this to our five year old. The rhymes are simple, and as he follows the story he can usually pick out the word that will rhyme and complete the stanza. REading to him like this keeps him engaged in the story, and allows him to participate.

The critters of the swamp each have their own song. The Gator taps, the heron flaps and the wild boar grunts. Together they make the song of the swamp.

The book's simple rhymes allow our youngest to easily follow along, and it was a educations, albeit rudimentary lesson on the critters that make their home in the swamp.

I don't think this will become a favorite, but it will be revisited, if only to see the tap dancing gator.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Falkor VINE VOICE on October 27, 2013
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I can see this patterned rhyming book being very appealing to the Preschool set. We first meet "Old Man Gator" who goes "tap, tap, tap," and then other swamp dwellers including Ibis, River Otter, Bullfrog, Dragonfly, Red Fox and her kits, Woodpecker, Pygmy Rattler, Black Bear, Wood Stork, Fox Squirrel, Moorhen and Wild Boar all make appearances complete with their own individual sounds. All the characters are illustrated wearing some human accessories (most sport a hat) making for very child friendly wild animals. A bit of simple information about each creature's habitats and characteristics are included in the rhymes. I would recommend this for kids Kindergarten age and younger.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zahie Werber on June 26, 2013
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As a father to six kids I have many years of story telling ,

I always enjoy a story that rhyme it makes everyone listen in.
The reading is fluent and it makes bedtime story a fun daily activity .

Another advantage of bed time stories is,
I can as a parent transfer en educational message to my kids,
and it go's without the kids noticing.

Here it is all about the animals .

Another theme that I like to teach my kids is about healthy eating
one of the nicest books that dose pass on such a massage is Children's book: Candy Andy and the rainbow dinner (Happy Motivated children's books Collection)

will keep looking for some more recommendation
yours
zahie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pampered _Prepper VINE VOICE on November 1, 2013
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My husband travels to Louisiana for work a lot, so I thought this would be a cute book for the kids to look and read when he goes.

Its a sing song kind of book with lots of different swamp animals. We don't have any books in our personal library like this, so its a welcome addition.

The illustrations are very well done, and the writing flows nicely. Id recommend this to anyone with young readers or listeners in the home.
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