The Animal Boogie by Debbie Harter is a fun storybook and CD for young children. I had the pleasure of reading this story to both my children, age 5 and 8, and their friends who are 2 and 3 years old. They loved it!
We first read the storybook. It is a fun sing song format where the reader can get very dramatic and act out the story or sing as a song. All the children loved how each page was like a search and find picture book. For example the first page asked "What's the creature shaking here and there?", and the illustrations showed the jungle with some animals in the open and the one the story was talking about hiding in the background, with just a little sticking out to give them a clue. This was really fun having them think about what animal it could be and searching through the illustrations.
The illustrations were great. They were so colorful and fun. I liked how there was a person in each picture, and loved the added touch of having a child in a wheelchair. Having a child in a wheelchair myself, I like finding books that feature children with disabilities.
We then listened to the CD which was great with two different formats. The first was the song sang, just like the story. The second was the music with the animal sounds (that correspond to those in the story/song). The kids really really liked the singing version. They were dancing and we were acting out the motions of the animals in the story/song.
The book and CD combinations was great and we would definitely recommend this for preschool and elementary age children.
Animal Boogie can be previewed and purchased from the Barefoot Books store by clicking here
Children and families can now sing along with creatures of the Indian jungle in a free animated video of The Animal Boogie at http://www.barefootbooks.com/animal_boogie_video. One of Barefoot Books’ bestselling books, with more than a million copies sold, The Animal Boogie introduces children to the creatures of the Indian jungle with an adaptation of a popular playground song. The book has garnered many awards and has received praise for the inclusive way in which it speaks to children with disabilities.
The Animal Boogie, illustrated by Debbie Harter, whose endearing pictures also appear in the popular Barefoot Books Bear series, was first published by Barefoot Books in 2000. It has become a classroom favorite, used by teachers across the world to bring early learning to life through music and movement. The book has been a particular hit in south-east Asia , where it is widely used to teach children English.
“We are excited to give children the chance to watch the characters in The Animal Boogie brought to life in a new way. Everyone who hears the song can’t help but get up and dance; with the video, we’d like to get even more families on their feet,” said Barefoot Books Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Tessa Strickland.
The Animal Boogie is the second in a series of digital videos created by Barefoot Books. The first, Driving My Tractor, (http://www.barefootbooks.com/driving_my_tractor_video), sung by award-winning children’s performer Steve Songs, was launched in Autumn 2009 to wide acclaim. More popular Barefoot Books stories will be available in digital video format in the coming months.
About Barefoot Books
Barefoot Books is an independent publisher, with offices in Cambridge , USA and Bath , UK , that specializes in carefully crafted books, gifts and digital content that help children on their journey to becoming happy, engaged members of the global community. Since 1992, Barefoot Books has published more than 400 titles that use timeless stories and captivating illustrations to tap into the wisdom of many cultures, while never forgetting that childhood is a time for fun. Barefoot Books are available online through booksellers, and its community of Ambassadors. For more information, visit www.barefootbooks.com.
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