Wordless to begin as three baby birds begin testing their singing ability. Musical notes float into the air and the first two birds take off in flight as they utter song. The third bird sits silent and discouraged. It sits alone until a boy with a guitar sits beneath the bird in the nest. His musical notes from his songs float up and around this little bird until the bird can utter the notes that give it flight.
This book is based on Joe Raposo’s song, “Sing” from “Sesame Street”, sung by The Carpenters in 1973, by Barbra Streisand in 1972, by Lily Tomlin to the Muppets, and many, many others . Bestselling children’s book illustrator has brought a special song from years gone by to a today’s young ones. He has placed the song onto a visual plate of color with plenty of room for the reader to smile with each turn of the page. Music is an avenue for creativity, for discovering the voice that we just might come to know as our own, and for patience. One line in the song and book is “Don’t worry that its not good enough for anyone else to hear. Just sing. Sing a song.”
“A CD with three songs is included: “Sing!” “Somebody Come and Play,” and “One of These Things.” Music by Joe Raposo. Songs performed by Becca Kauffman with The Midnight Sun Ensemble.”
Reading Level: 4 – 8 Years
“Joe Raposo was a celebrated composer, songwriter, pianist, television writer, and lyricist best known for his work on Sesame Street. He served as musical director for Sesame Street from its inception through the late 1970s. He also wrote songs for Frank Sinatra and many television shows, such as Three’s Company.” The website for Joe’s life and works can be found @ http://joeraposo.org/
Tom Lichtenheld is a New York Times–bestselling illustrator, living in Illinois. His website is @ http://tomlichtenheld.com/
- ISBN-13: 9780805090710
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co./Books for Young Readers, a division of MacMillan Publishers
- Publication date: 5/28/2013
- Edition description: First Edition
- Edition number: 1
- Pages: 40
- Product dimensions: 8.30 x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)
I originally reviewed this book in August, 2013.
I would like to share a YouTube video from MacMillanChildren about this book: