Read, sing, play with The Brothers Foot

May 25, 2011 at 5:31 am 4 comments

The Brothers Foot: A Hare Raising Story written by Steve Cormey, illustrated by Ronda Eden; published by AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana; 2009.

Three brothers frolic wildly as rabbits will do.  But unlike most rabbits, these boys named Foot, Foot-Foot, and Foot-Foot-Foot also like to sing and dance.  One day, three hunters carrying guns spot the trio.  The Brothers Foot are so entertaining, the hunters drop their guns and joined in the fun.  And they all live happily ever after.

author/singer/songwriter Steve Cormey; http://bit.ly/jWFbir

As a read-aloud, the rhythm of this book is a natural.  Cormey adapted the story from an old children’s song.  “The Foot Foot Song” was penned by Sid DeMay, Lee Tully and Sid Bass; the silly names, short storyline, and catchy rhythm make the song perfect for a picture book adaptation.  Eden’s illustrations express the joy the Brothers Foot get from singing and dancing; I couldn’t help feeling like tapping my feet just looking at them!

illustrator Ronda Eden; http://bit.ly/lFCnkm

Along with the picture book, I was pleasantly surprised to receive a CD of the song and a DVD.  The CD was helpful as the story encourages singing along with the brothers but I am not familiar with the tune.  The DVD is a nice production that incorporates joyful background music, illustrations from the book, and a singer singing the song at the appropriate moments to assist the narrator as he tells the story.  Including the CD and DVD makes this a complete package that public, school and home libraries should include!

All that being said, I have to say that the timing for reviewing this book could not have been better.  I recently participated in some early literacy webinars and have more early literacy training coming up this summer.  One thing I’ve learned is just how important singing and playing are in developing early literacy skills in youngsters from birth to about age 5.  We all know that we should read to our kids, but singing and playing are key components to learning the skills necessary to be readers later in life.  The playfulness of this story encourages caregivers to get up and dance and sing along with the littlest listeners.  The illustrations and the story are open to caregivers asking questions of their listeners.  Again, I am happy to see this complete package being offered and encourage its use in developing early literacy skills (at library story times and at home).

Learn more about the author and illustrator by following their blogs; rumor on both seems to be that there’s a sequel in the works!  Ronda Eden’s blog: http://rondaeden.blogspot.com/; Steve Cormey’s blog: http://www.stevecormey.blogspot.com/.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tart cherry  |  November 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Remarkably well written blog!!

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  • 2. VS Grenier  |  May 26, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Wonderful review on The Brothers Foot and I couldn’t agree more with your comments about singing and playing with your children.

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  • 3. ronda eden  |  May 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you for this thoughtful review especially emphasizing the importance of song and dance. After all it proved to be a matter of life and death for the brothers!
    Ronda Eden Illustrator, The Brothers Foot

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  • 4. Evie I.  |  May 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Thank you very much for such reviewing this book!!! Lots of value in the book and cd and dvd and playing and singing and reading!!!

    Reply

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