From Publishers Weekly
Talk about putting readers through their paces-a brisk rhyming text urges kids out of their armchairs and onto the floor for a swift, nifty workout: "Lift that rattle in the air-shake it, shake it, everywhere!" Showing eight toddlers as they clap and stamp and stretch and twirl, Newcome's (Rosie Goes Exploring) tidy watercolor and crayon compositions stress the children's fun and their friendship. Endpapers introduce each member of this ethnically diverse class by name, from Alphonse to Vikram, thereby personalizing the reader's various vicarious gym partners. With activities like "wriggle your toes, crawl like a cat, now lie down and stretch out flat," kids will happily join in. Ages 2-4.
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Eight round-faced toddlers, with a variety of skin tones and hair color, line up for a gym class in which they waddle like ducks, swim like fish, and jump like frogs. The suggested activities can be enjoyed whether at home or in a group setting. The rhyming text is simple ("Waddle like a penguin from side to side-back straight, arms down, feet out wide") and filled with suggested sound effects and movements. The illustrations of wiggling and jumping youngsters against vast expanses of white space are pleasant enough, but complement the text rather than stand on their own. A useful addition for toddler times.Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY
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