My not-so-little girl recently turned five, and received lots of music and lots of books for her birthday.
Today, I’m reviewing something that is both.
Don’t Call Me a Koala Bear (& Other Aussie Songs) / Don Spencer and Michelle Pike
(The Five Mile Press, 2011)
Last year, I ran an Australian animals program for toddler music group. (And I’ll get around to sharing the program one day!)
Man, oh man, I wish we’d had this book then! I could have just played the CD, opened the book to the relevant page, and let music group run itself!
We’ve had this book for days, not weeks (let alone months) and already love it. The kids enjoy learning about all the animals and performing the actions, and I enjoy watching them. Which sounds like a cop-out, but the book is a very handy little prop when I’m too tired to join in the dancing and jumping. “I’ll hold this open for you so we can all see the words!” Winner.
The kids’ favourite song would be Kangaroo (The Super Marsupial), mainly because they get to put capes on and pretend to fly around the living room. I love Lizards of Oz for the same reason that I love another of Spencer’s songs that unfortunately isn’t in the book (Where Does a Goanna Go?): because it’s clever.
He’s just so clever.
Michelle Pike’s illustrations are perfect for the fun and the targeted age group.
Highly recommended for Aussie children aged three and up. It’d also make a great present for any little friends living overseas to introduce them to our animals. (Good thing there isn’t a song called The Redback from the Outback.)
You can buy Don’t Call me a Koala Bear from Don Spencer’s online shop. Or maybe you’ll fluke upon it at Aldi like I did!
Have you read (and/or listened to) Don’t Call Me a Koala Bear? What did you think?