Megan Tingley / TimeWarner
Date: September 2004
Reviewed: Picture Book
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Children / Non-Fiction (Baby-Preschool)
Notes: comes with free 5 song cd
By Dan Zanes
paraphrase Woodie Guthrie, "Folk songs are songs you sing to
singer Dan Zanes has gone one step further. Having written the song,
"Hello Hello", a breezy lovely anthem to diversity, Zanes
has paired with his brother-in-law Donald Saaf to create a delightful
picture book of the selfsame name. The result is a sweet ode to
living with people of all different backgrounds and creeds.
the book, a pair of children walk down their street, meeting and
greeting the wide assortment of inhabitants they find there. Whether
they're flying with wings on their shoes or floating down a stream
in an upside down umbrella, the book is a charming series of fun
and interesting vignettes. Every other page in this book opens a
little wider to reveal new situations and characters. Drawn with
a mixture of collage, acrylic gouache, flashe paint, and colored
pencils, the pictures are lively eye-popping creations that are
sure to charm each and every viewer.
perhaps the highlight of the book is the cd located in its back.
Dan Zanes has included a five-song collection of some of his best
songs. The book, at its end, includes lyrics and even sheet music
to these songs. Ranging in styles from a Scottish country dance
to a Louisiana crawdad song, Zanes and friends are a fantastic listen.
Parents that find themselves forced to listen to their children's
music on long car rides will welcome Zanes' catchy melodies and
purchasing, "Hello Hello" may be pleased to note that
the book is printed from 100% recycled fibers and uses a chlorine-free
bleaching process. So not only is it fun to read and beautiful to
look through, it's environmentally friendly as well. If you've been
looking for a good picture book that will entertain your children
and set your feet ah-tapping, you could hardly do better than Dan
Zanes' newest masterpiece. A great addition to any child's library.