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Catfish Kate and the Sweet Swamp Band Hardcover – May 19, 2009
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3—"Hum strum/rattle-rattle/tootle-ootle croon./Sweet swamp music underneath the moon." Catfish Kate is playing her banjo with her friends Snake, Newt, and Skeeter, but Skink and his Skunktail Boys complain. They have come to the swamp to read and they want QUIET! When the two arguing groups reach an impasse, Kate calls her girl band away to search for a compromise. The Skunktail Boys think they've won but wait! Kate has an ace up her sleeve, and all ends well: "Happily ever after/underneath the moon." The text is short and rhythmic with many noisy sounds, and the colorful cartoon illustrations burst with lively motion. Although there are various other "band" picture books, some also with onomatopoeic sounds, this rhyming romp emphasizes the importance of compromise. It would be a good jumping-off point for a discussion on conflict resolution as well as just a fun read-aloud.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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About the Author
Sarah Weeks has written many books for children, including If I Were a Lion, Paper Parade, Angel Face, So B. It, and Two eggs, please. She lives in New York City. When Sarah can't get to sleep, she goes through the alphabet in her head, trying to think of people she knew in elementary school whose names begin with each letter.
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Things were really hopping and jumping BUT . . . Skin and his Skunktail Boys were also in the swamp. They were sitting on a couple of couches relaxing with their books and paper and needed a bit of quiet to read. Goodness only knows that if you are reading "Stinker Belle," you just don't need a lot of NOISE. Quiet please! Skink and one of the boys just about jumped out of their skins when the band was in full swing. The other two were startled and their eyes were as big as the moon. Skink and the Skunktail boys were very upset and told the Sweet Swamp Band that "This is our swamp and we want QUIET!" There was going to be a lot of trouble if they couldn't compromise!
This is a very comical tale that is a lot of fun. The two conflicting groups both think they own the swamp and are perfectly happy until they realize they are not the only ones living there and need to compromise in order to keep the peace. This is an excellent story for little ones to learn about sharing and compromise in an easy way. The active, cartoon-like artwork was a perfect compliment to this tale. This would be an excellent read and discuss story for circle or storytime. "Psst, what's a compromise? I don't know, do you?"