I Got the Rhythm Hardcover – Picture Book, June 3, 2014 by Connie Schofield-Morrison


[32 Pages]

PUB:June 03, 2014


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Author: Schofield-Morrison Connie

Brand: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Edition: Illustrated

Format: Illustrated

Package Dimensions: 13x284x431

Number Of Pages: 32

Release Date: 03-06-2014

Details: About the Author Connie Schofield-Morrison has been writing since she was a young girl and is inspired every day by the big sounds and bright colors of the world around her. I Got the Rhythm is her first picture book.FRANK MORRISON is a renowned fine artist whose work was featured in Our Children Can Soar. He has lent his talents to many picture books, including Alex Rodriguez’s Out of the Ballpark, Queen Latifah’s Queen of the Scene, and Brenda Roberts’ Jazzy Miz Mozetta, for which he won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. He lives in Georgia. Product Description On a simple trip to the park, the joy of music overtakes a mother and daughter. The little girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her- from butterflies, to street performers, to ice cream sellers everything is musical! She sniffs, snaps, and shakes her way into the heart of the beat, finally busting out in an impromptu dance, which all the kids join in on! Award-winning illustrator Frank Morrison and Connie Schofield-Morrison, capture the beat of the street, to create a rollicking read that will get any kid in the mood to boogie. From School Library Journal PreS-Gr 1—A young girl discovers a world of exuberant rhythm in her neighborhood, from the drummer in the park to playground clapping games to the subtle beat of butterfly wings. The straightforward narrative captures the engaging ways the narrator finds her own rhythm exploring the world around her. She “[hears] a rhythm with [her] ears,” “[looks] at the rhythm with [her] eyes,” “[catches] the rhythm with [her] hands,” and much more. Ready made for storytime, Schofield-Morrison’s text pulses with a beat of its own and practically demands audiences to clap along. Each double-page spread offers interactive elements that work for a range of ages, from vocabulary presenting each way the narrator catches the rhythm (hands, knees, feet, and more) to the fun readers can have joining in and keeping the rhythm with their own fingers, singing it with their own mouth, or tapping it with their own toes. Morrison’s oil-on-canvas illustrations take their lead from the energetic text but form the core of the story with expansive spreads crackling with movement. A rich, color palette helps the action jump off the page, with a bright blue sky as the backdrop for the yellows and golds and greens of the setting complementing an array of pinks, especially the narrator’s bright pink dress. The urban setting and varied cast of characters make this title particularly valuable, showcasing diversity as an integral part of everyday life.—Ted McCoy, Springfield City Library, MA From Booklist Music is everywhere in the city, but a warm summer day in the park makes it downright infectious. A young African American girl leaves the house with her mother, using all her senses to find rhythm everywhere as they walk. Before long, she has gathered the playground children for a dance routine and inspires an impromptu marching band that fills the park with a riot of sound, color, and movement. Schofield-Morrison has created a celebration of the urban environment. Though nameless, our narrator radiates charm with her puff-ball pigtails, snapping fingers, and effervescent joy at experiencing the city’s sounds. The bright palette and vibrant tones of Morrison’s loosely painted illustrations echo the energy of the text nicely, and Morrison employs some unusual compositions to heighten the sense of movement. With text like “STOMP STOMP” and “BEAT BOP” strewn across the pages, the book begs readers to sing and move along with this little dancer as she “pops and locks, hips and hops” her way through the sunny afternoon. Preschool-Kindergarten. –Summer Hayes Review “The driving beat of debut author Schofield-Morrison’s narrative is likely to have readers bouncing and tapping right along with her . . . An upbeat celebration of the senses, self-expression, and camaraderie.” ―Publis

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