Friday, December 7, 2012

Book Review: Clap Your Hands

"Reach for the sky, wiggle your toes
Stick out your tongue and touch your nose.

"Significantly, author Lorinda Bryan Cauley pays close attention to detail as well as mood, and the clothing choices of her characters are as much fun to note as their happy faces. Unique motions and interactions make an important statement about the value of individual interpretation, giving children the go-ahead to find the different aspects of each action — a good alternative to "follow the leader."

"Most of all, however, Clap Your Hands is a wonderful celebration of imagination and the joy of movement. Children will be hard-pressed to resist the many invitations of this delightful, rhyming romp, which gains momentum as it encourages kids to tickle, purr, fly, roar, somersault, kiss, spin, and more.

"Using an inventive mix of pastels, paints, and colored pencils, Cauley has created pictures that fairly jump off the page to join in the fun, and the energetic children and animals in her illustrations seem to pick up speed as they cavort jubilantly across each colorful spread."
School age: Preschool
Developmental Skill: Gross motor skills target the large muscle groups such as arms, legs, and torso. Develop these skills by jumping, throwing, running, and kicking.
Activity: Simply have your child follow along with the actions while you read the book. Then have a dance party! Sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes", "Hokey Poke", or just turn on some music and free dance. this is a great way to help your child strengthen his or her muscles and enjoy being active.

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