The good feeling that music makes inside of me is something I began experiencing at a very young age, a combination of growing up with fifties and sixties radio from NYC, and participating in sing-alongs in nursery school and kindergarten. It was such a great experience that I made sure my kids could sing a hundred or more songs, including dozens of Beatles songs, long before they could read the lyrics. This is all to say that I am a big fan of Kevin Henkes’s latest mouse book, in which a girl mouse named Penny arrives home from school with a song in her head.
“’Listen, Mama,’ said Penny. ‘It’s my very own song.’” Unfortunately for the budding lyricist, Penny’s baby siblings are asleep at that moment and so Penny has to postpone performing her song until after baby naptime and after dinner. But then, Penny is given the opportunity to perform her song, to teach it to her parents and siblings and, then, to play dress up with her parents in preparation for a group performance in costume. “Let there be songs to fill the air” -- Hunter/Garcia, “Ripple”
PENNY AND HER SONG is, on its face, a simple little story. But if music is a major part of what makes you a happy person, what makes you feel alive – which is what it does for me every day – then you'll appreciate and want to share this tale about the joy of singing, of filling the air with songs.
Recommend by Richie Partington, MLIS, California USA
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