This book is up-beat, spirited and drives the message home... that it's not about your destination, it's all about the journey.
A carefree little boy, singing a ditty, kicking a can, flipping his coveted nickel and accompanied by his dog, decides to go spend his fortune at the Country Store.
"Fiddley-diddley-diddley-dee We're goin' to the Country Store
Fiddley-diddley-diddley dee We're goin' to the Country Store."
Walking down the road he encounters his friend Bob who is busy doing farm chores. Bob persuades him to team up with him to do the chores and then they both can go to the store. The happy-go-lucky duo, free from responsibilities, still kicking that can and singing that ditty, proceed to the Country Store together.
The day is blistering hot, the sweat starts to pour down, the feet start to slowly drag until they think they are gonners. Along comes Jim on his bicycle and asks if they would like a ride or rather hike to the store? Jim is their superhero of the day!
Well the answer is pretty clear and they both pile on. Bob climbs on the back fender... Jim does the pedalling ... and the boy parks himself square on the handlebars. The trio laugh, sing out loud and merrily continue their journey without a care in the world.
They encounter some difficulties along the way but as friends do they stick together and ride out the troubles until finally they reach their destination... the good old Country Store. More friends greet them on their arrival and soon you discover there is only one with money to buy treats. Can you guess who? This fantastic book is about friendship, sharing, looking out for one another and is very entertaining and A-one.
Tim Noah is a composer, singer and his CD is included with the book. He is currently working on the second book in the series. For those of you who are teachers/educators, Tim and Cyndi "Soup" Elliot perform a variety of "workshops" in schools. Among them is a songwriting workshop. You can find out more info about Tim and his events at:
Tim knows music and TIm knows kids. He uses his considerable talents to create this absolutely charming song/ story that resonates with young children and the grown-ups who care for them. The refrain is catchy, and you'll find yourself singing it at odd times as you go through your day. The best part, for me anyway, is the message that it really is all about the journey and the friends you meet along the way. Do yourself a favor and find the rest of Tim Noah's recordings- for adults as well as kids- and snap them up. They're just lovely, affirming, and musically solid. (While you're at it, find Cyndi Soup's Imagine Inn- also just adorable!)
The trouble with the song Country Store by Tim Noah is that you can’t just listen to it once, at least my kids can’t. Tim Noah’s album goes into the CD player and my 3 children (ages 7, 4 and 4) must have the song repeated at least 3 times. I don’t really mind but I would also like to listen to some of Tim’s other songs. He has a knack for keeping kids entertained with silly voices and stories and at the same time keeps parents engaged with the effortless grace of a genuinely gifted singer, songwriter and storyteller. Country Store is a delightful story about friendship, fun and overcoming obstacles that get in your way. The song has a catchy tune that children and adults will enjoying singing and whistling along to. The Country store e version is available to download and my children are anxiously awaiting the print version.
What a special treat this little book is, and the music alone is happy, upbeat and great for sing-alongs. Tim's voice is friendly. The music is fiddle, banjo, bass and guitar and is not overpowering at all. He laughs, he plays sound effects and makes this story a fun story for young children.
A boy and his dog Arlo head out to the country store on a hot summer day with a nickle in his hand, kicking a can along the way. His friends Bob and Jim on his bike join him on the walk. The journey with Bob and Jim is the story, as they get themselves in some trouble, but it's a fun trouble that can get young kids laughing. This is a fun story for all ages, young and old.
"Life is full of wonderful adventures, keep dreaming and believing, travel safe and keep on keeping on."