Reviews for Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes : And Other Action Rhymes


Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 September 2002
PreS. Like Newcome's Toddlerobics (1996) and Toddlerobics' Animal Fun (1999), this collection of more than 50 traditional songs and rhymes shows a multiethnic cast of toddlers having a great time as they act out the hand and body movements of the verses. From "Ten in the Bed" and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" to "Oats and Beans and Barley Grow," each page includes the words of one rhyme and energetic watercolor-and-colored pencil illustrations of kids in action. Sometimes there's a sidebar for adults demonstrating the movements. This is exercise and play as well as a lively celebration of the sound and beat of words in the nonsense rhymes that live on. ((Reviewed September 15, 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring
This welcome book includes more than fifty lively rhymes meant to be sung or chanted with accompanying hand and body gestures; the moves are demonstrated by nine gleeful children tidily rendered in line and watercolor. Both the standards (""The Wheels on the Bus,"" ""Pat-a-cake"") and refreshingly unfamiliar rhymes (""Five Big Ice Creams,"" Newcome's own ""One Step, Two Step"") are featured. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2002 September #1
Little ones can get into the groove with a host of titles featuring poetry and song. Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes and Other Action Rhymes by Zita Newcome contains more than 50 rhymes, including such favorites as "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" in a square, paper-over-board volume. Boxed illustrations suggest movements for select songs.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2002 October
PreS-A cast of adorable children, of all colors and sizes, inhabits and decorates this charming collection of 51 traditional nursery rhymes and songs. Aimed at and perfectly suited to toddlers and preschoolers, the volume has many familiar favorites, some with new or not-so-familiar second verses. There are several counting rhymes, like "Five Little Monkeys" or "Five Fat Peas," using the numbers to count up or down. Others are classics like "The Wheels on the Bus" and "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep." Oftentimes, two or three rhymes are grouped together on a spread with small, captioned boxes on the side of each page to illustrate finger or body movements in addition to the spot art. The youngsters are constantly in motion, bowing, jumping, reaching, or clapping. The book's 10-inch square trim size; its sturdy, but not stiff pages; and generous use of white space make it an ideal choice for both storytime and lap-time sharing.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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